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Josh Shaw Not Linked to Police Reports by LAPD, Palmdale Sheriffs

Trojan fans can exhale for now.

The LAPD released a statement Tuesday afternoon in response to rumors and inquiries regarding alleged police involvement in the events which led to USC cornerback and captain Josh Shaw’s ankle injuries.

The Palmdale Sheriff’s department has also confirmed that there was no incident involving Shaw this weekend.

Shaw made the news Monday when USC reported the heroic tale of his saving a young relative from drowning.

Standing on a second floor balcony, Shaw supposedly spotted his seven-year-old nephew, who cannot swim, drowning in the pool below with no one around to help. He leaped from the balcony to come to the boy’s aid, suffering high ankle sprains in both legs in the process, and was able to pull the boy to safety.

Tuesday morning during Sarkisian’s media scrum, the first doubts were aired. Sarkisian expressed faith in Shaw’s character, but revealed that the athletic department had received calls questioning Shaw’s version of the event.

Later Tuesday, unsubstantiated rumors on Twitter indicated that the story was false and that Shaw may have injured himself while fleeing the police after a domestic dispute.

Redshirt freshman Chris Hawkins is set to fill in for Shaw at the cornerback spot opposite returning starter Kevon Seymour when USC takes on Fresno State in the 2014 season opener.

UPDATE:

ESPNLA’s Shelly Smith reported that the LAPD are “still digging” despite the earlier statement indicating there was no run-in with police.

Meanwhile, TMZ has reported another version of events involving Shaw’s girlfriend and the player being interviewed in a burglary investigation.

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