In the era of social media, nothing happens without Twitter coming along for the ride commenting all the way.
Such was the case with the Josh Shaw saga, though there was a noted absence of commentary from USC players with regard to the initial story and the ensuing controversy.
That has changed with the news that Shaw has come clean and has admitted his lie to the world
Former tight end Xavier Grimble expressed disbelief about Shaw’s actions:
Completely out of character from my bro J.Shaw.
— Xavier Grimble (@justfollowZae23) August 27, 2014
Silas Redd, former running back who is now with the Washington Redskins, similarly called the lie coming from Shaw unexpected:
Completely out of character for J Shaw man never would’ve thought. — Silas Redd (@ThirdEyeSi_) August 27, 2014
Alex Holmes, the two-time national champion tight end, who was one of the few current and former Trojans to comment on the original tale needed just two words to describe his feelings:
— Alex Holmes (@Trojan81) August 27, 2014
Sean Salsbury, the former Trojan quarterback, called for consequences beyond a suspension:
Josh Shaw must be stripped of his Captain’s honor. If you are USC You cannot take this lightly. A lie about saving a child is just wrong! — Sean Salisbury (@SeanUnfiltered) August 27, 2014
Former Trojan cornerback Torin Harris meanwhile preached the importance of moving on after mistakes:
Well all make mistakes. Kinda hard to learn with out making them. Live. Learn. Let go. All prays out to ya brotha
— CHet BAkeR (@sirZOrrinROCKS) August 27, 2014
Taylor Ashton, a former walk-on cornerback from 2010 to 2011, also urged the Trojans not to dwell:
We’ll be fine! Hope the best for the man. Can’t afford to dwell on what could have been… Gotta come out just as hungry, if not hungrier! — Taylor Ashton (@TaylorAshton17) August 27, 2014
Former offensive lineman Kevin Graf, who is currently with the Philadelphia Eagles, encouraged USC to rally:
Unfortunate what is going on at SC but I believe Coach Sark and the team are going to rally back and take it to Fresno State #FightOn
— Kevin Graf (@KevinGraf77) August 27, 2014
Finally, current starting safety Su’a Cravens has pledged to use the situation to add fuel to the fire:
The hate and scrutiny is magnified 100x more when it comes to USC. It’s okay were use to it, we just fight on! — Su’a Cravens (@ovo_suu) August 27, 2014
Nothing’s changed. Were still going to do what we need to do and handle our business. Time to focus on Fresno St. #fighton
— Su’a Cravens (@ovo_suu) August 27, 2014