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Sarkisian Says Josh Shaw Heroism Story Has Been Questioned

Yesterday, the nation was abuzz with the incredible story surrounding Josh Shaw’s dual high ankle sprains. Shaw reportedly leaped from a second-story balcony to save his seven-year-old nephew who was drowning in a pool below.

Tuesday morning, however, USC head coach Steve Sarkisian revealed that some questions have been raised regarding the story.

The events took place during a party Saturday night at the apartment a relative of Shaw’s, so there will certainly be plenty of witnesses either confirm or deny the original tale.

Even with questions being raised, the head coach has indicated he stands by Shaw until further details can be sussed out.

When it comes to USC players, there are few as well regarded as Shaw, so the idea that he would concoct a story about a heroic rescue is hard to believe. The strength of his character and devotion to his family have been well documented since he arrived at USC, leaving plenty of evidence to suggest that his version of events is trustworthy.

Still, the fact that Sarkisian has chosen to mention it does raise some eyebrows. After all, there have been other high profile stories which have been revealed after fact to be fake. Notre Dame’s Manti Teo tops that list. 

Until we know more, Shaw’s story remains the one of record.

In the meantime, regardless of the origin of Shaw’s injuries, the Trojans must prepare to face the Fresno State Bulldogs Saturday without a senior captain.

Shaw’s spot will likely be filled by redshirt freshman Chris Hawkins, while true freshman Adoree’ Jackson will see increased playing time as a result.

Here is Sarkisian talking about the story:

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