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College Player Admits His Heroics Were A Hoax

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LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 16:  Safety Josh Shaw #6 of the USC Trojans celebrates against the Stanford Cardinal at Los Angeles Coliseum on November 16, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 16: Safety Josh Shaw #6 of the USC Trojans celebrates against the Stanford Cardinal at Los Angeles Coliseum on November 16, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — USC cornerback Josh Shaw suffered two high ankle sprains when he jumped from the second story of a building to dive into a pool and save his young nephew who did not know how to swim. Well, now we are finding out it did not quite go that way.

Yesterday USC began to look further into the story following claims that the heroic rescue did not happen and that Shaw was trying to hide something from the team. It turns out that was indeed the case.

On Wednesday, USC announced that Shaw admitted to the athletic department that he had lied about the incident that caused his injury. USC coach, Steve Sarkisian, said “we are extremely disappointed in Josh. He let us all down. As I have said, nothing in his background led us to doubt him when he told us of his injuries, nor did anything after our initial vetting of his story. I appreciate that Josh has now admitted that he lied and has apologized. Although this type of behavior is out of character for Josh, it is unacceptable.”

The USC cornerback has been suspended indefinitely by the team.

Shaw is expected to make a statement on the incident soon. The actions that led to the injuries have not yet been released.

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