Double Standard?

A Seattle radio host asked if Steve Sarkisian could punish Josh Shaw for lying if Sarkisian went on the radio and said he was staying at Washington the day he left for USC.

USC Morning Buzz: Josh Shaw Suspended Until When?


Is this the end of the Josh Shaw story or is there more to come? The police still want to speak to him. He now has a big-time lawyer. The longer-term issue is how he gets his reputation back. And when he gets reinstated to the team. Some time around the week his ankles are healed, most likely, especially the way Pac-12 teams pass.

Here’s a recap of Shaw’s admission he lied about rescuing his nephew.

Matt Leinart On Josh Shaw

Matt Leinart, who now works for Fox Sports 1, gave his opinion on Josh Shaw’s situation: “It is embarrassing because USC just came off a really, really bad few years with the sanctions. They kind of cleared their name, [athletic director] Pat Haden has run a tight ship and has done a great job. They’ve flown under the radar this year and now this happens a week before the first game and it’s embarrassing.”

Josh Shaw Statement

Here is Josh Shaw’s full statement issued through his lawyer, Donald Etra.

“On Saturday, August 23, 2014, I injured myself in a fall. I made up a story about this fall that was untrue. I was wrong to not tell the truth. I apologize to USC for this action on my part.

“My USC coaches, the USC Athletic Department, and especially coach Sarkisian have all been supportive of me during my college career and for that, I am very grateful.”

Josh Shaw Admits He Lied

USC announced this afternoon that cornerback Josh Shaw admitted he lied about rescuing his nephew from drowning.
“We are extremely disappointed in Josh,” said USC coach Steve Sarkisian. “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. Honesty and integrity must be at the center of our program. I believe Josh will learn from this. I hope that he will not be defined by this incident, and that the Trojan Family will accept his apology and support him.”
Shaw has been suspended from all team activities indefinitely.