The heartwarming story of fifth year senior cornerback Josh Shaw injuring his ankles whilst saving his 7-year-old Nephew from drowning may have been fabricated and the USC Trojans are investigating the claims.
Not only is the University looking into further details of how Shaw in fact suffered two high ankle sprains but according to TMZ, so are the police.
There are many contradicting stories about the incident, so nothing can be taken as fully factual until USC complete their investigation of the injury.
Head coach Steve Sarkisian was interviewed on Tuesday and asked about Shaw after conflicting reports surrounding what had actually occurred.
Sarkisian went on to comment: "'Josh Shaw, first and foremost, is a good person and a good kid. He came to us with what had occurred Saturday night. I have no reason and no history to not believe Josh and his story of what has occurred,"
"Obviously within the last few hours or so we've gotten a few phone calls contradicting what Josh said occurred on Saturday night, so we're going to continue to vet it. We're looking at it, but beyond that I only know what I know."
TMZ released a complete report attempting to explain the events of how Shaw may have injured his ankles:
"Here's the breakdown -- we're told someone called police to report a suspicious person "shimmying" down the side of a building in downtown L.A. near the USC campus. The tipster gave a description of the suspicious person to police.
We're told cops went to the building to investigate -- and spoke to a woman who lived in the building. Cops gave the woman the description of the suspicious person and asked if she had seen anyone who matched the description.
We're told the woman said, "Yes, that sounds like my boyfriend Josh Shaw."
Cops took a "burglary report" -- even though nothing was reported stolen -- and in it, mentioned the connection to Shaw.
Cops later spoke with Shaw on the phone and the USC football player denied ever being at the building."
The final update on proceedings came from Shaw's sister, her comments continue to grey the situation further when she spoke of her brother's whereabouts.
Curt Sandoval tweeted saying: "We have an interview with Josh Shaws sister who confirms Josh saved her son from the pool and was hurt in the process. The story at 5:45"
Judgement cannot be jumped too with a delicate story like this, the heartwarming tale was celebrated throughout the sports world but the controversy surrounding the situation would be a dramatic and terrible change.