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|4||Sat, Sep 13 Sat 9/13||Illinois||4:00 PM||FOX|
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LOS ANGELES — Southern California cornerback Josh Shaw has admitted to lying to school officials about how he sprained his ankles last weekend, retracting his story about jumping off a balcony to save his drowning nephew.
Shaw has been suspended indefinitely from all of the Trojans’ team activities after acknowledging his heroic tale was “a complete fabrication,” the school announced in a statement Wednesday.
The school didn’t explain how Shaw actually was injured, but USC officials say they regret posting a story on their website Monday lauding Shaw’s story about a second-story jump onto concrete to rescue his 7-year-old nephew.
“We are extremely disappointed in Josh,” USC coach Steve Sarkisian said. “He let us all down. 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.”
Shaw is a fifth-year senior, a team captain and a key starter in USC’s defensive secondary, widely regarded as a solid teammate and an important team leader for the 15th-ranked Trojans, who begin their first season under Sarkisian at the Coliseum on Saturday against Fresno State.
Shaw issued a short statement through an attorney on Wednesday after being suspended.
“On Saturday, August 23, 2014, I injured myself in a fall,” Shaw said. “I made up a story about this fall that was untrue. 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.”
FOX Sports’ Bruce Feldman spoke with Donald Etra, Shaw’s attorney, on Wednesday afternoon, and Etra stated there is no criminal case or investigation involving Shaw. Asked why Shaw would need an attorney if there’s no criminal case, Etra responded, “Intelligent people hire lawers.”
Since Shaw officially hired him on Wednesday, Etra told FOX Sports, he can provide Shaw with advice if he needs it.
Regarding speculation that Shaw injured himself while trying to run away from police, Etra told FOX Sports, “I’m confident he was not running from anything.”
Gordon’s suspension is effective immediately and he will miss the entire 2014 season. He will have to apply for reinstatement following the season. FOX Sports 1 NFL insider Mike Garafolo was the first to report the news.
Gordon had appealed his yearlong suspension and met with a league arbitrator in New York on Aug. 4. Arbitrator Harold Henderson upheld the suspension.
The Browns have been waiting four months for a resolution on Gordon’s case. The 23-year-old led the league with 1,646 yards receiving last season despite being suspended the first two games for a failed drug test. He became the first player in league history to record consecutive 200-yard games.
Gordon’s legal team may seek an injunction, according to Garafolo.
Gordon, who was suspended for the first two games of last season, said this in a statement via the NFLPA:
“I’d like to apologize to my teammates, coaches, the Cleveland Browns organization and our fans. I am very disappointed that the NFL and its hearing office didn’t exercise better discretion and judgment in my case. I would like to sincerely thank the people who have been incredibly supportive of me during this challenging time, including my family, my agent, my union, my legal team, and the Cleveland Browns staff.”
The NFL also released a statement, saying:
“Appeals officer Harold Henderson has upheld the suspension for the 2014 NFL season of Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse. The suspension is effective immediately. Gordon’s eligibility for reinstatement will be determined following the 2014 season.”
The NFL is making the Seattle Seahawks and Pete Carroll open their wallets.
ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported that sources said the defending Super Bowl champs and their coach were collectively fined more than $300,000 and docked two double practices in 2015 for violating the league’s no-contact rules for offseason practices.
Mortensen broke the fines down, reporting that Carroll was fined at least $100,000 while the Seahawks were fined over $200,000 for excessive contact during a June 18 practice.
“The NFL confirmed the loss of two practices, but said the team will be allowed one practice session on the final day of its minicamp,” Mortensen wrote.
The Seahawks were fined for a similar violation under Carroll in 2012.
The San Francisco 49ers‘ vaunted defense is going to be missing one of its key pieces for nearly half the season.
NaVorro Bowman was placed on the physically unable to perform list after tearing his ACL and MCL in last year’s NFC title game. San Francisco also placed running back Marcus Lattimore on the non-football injury list while he recovers from a knee injury. The earliest both players are eligible to return is Week 7.
Bowman has been voted to the Pro Bowl each of the past two seasons and was named first-team All-Pro the past three years. Bowman, who has played in every game during his four-year career, totaled a career-high 120 tackles and two interceptions last year.
Lattimore spent his entire rookie season on the non-football injury list after suffering a major knee injury in October 2012 while playing for the University of South Carolina.