Josh Shaw, a captain on the USC football team, has admitted that he concocted a story about how he injured himself on Saturday night and has therefore been suspended indefinitely by the university.
Shaw initially told Head Coach Steve Sarkisian that he sprained both ankles leaping from a second flood apartment to save the life of his drowning nephew over the weekend.
But USC soon received numerous calls that questioned this account and Shaw has finally admitted that he made the tale up.
Said Shaw via statement:
"I was wrong not to 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."
Shaw's agent still attorney maintains that his client was hurt in a "fall," but no further details have been released.
"We are extremely disappointed in Josh. He let us all down," Sarkisian said. "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."
Until he is told otherwise, Shaw is banned from all team activities.
A transfer from Florida, Shaw had six interceptions in two seasons at USC. He was voted a team captain last weekend and was expected to be a significant part of the Trojans' secondary after starting all 14 games in 2013.