Suspended USC football star Josh Shaw has been coy about the events that led to him jumping out of a second-story balcony, leading to two sprained ankles. The latest update isn't going to make the backlash go away anytime soon.
According to Gary Holland and Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times, Shaw and his girlfriend are being investigated to determine whether they "were involved in a domestic-violence incident."
Capt. John McMahon, head of Central Division patrol, said Friday that Shaw, citing his attorney’s advice, has refused to be interviewed about the case.
“We would have like to hear from Mr. Shaw to provide some clarity about the situation, but that is not going to happen,” said McMahon. “In light of that, our investigation into a possible domestic dispute will continue.”
Donald Etra, Shaw's attorney, is quoted in the report as saying that his client talked "to the LAPD twice. We believe that is enough. The matter is over and there is no need to talk to them further. ... Enough is enough."
McMahon also said that Shaw's girlfriend has spoken to the police and "'did not indicate she was a victim of domestic violence."
Police officer Sara Faden describes in the piece that cops went to a third-floor apartment in downtown Los Angeles on August 23 "after receiving a report of a woman screaming" and officers had to break open the door after no one answered the initial knocks but didn't find anyone inside.
Faden did say that the officers saw “the window had been pried open," and that witnesses said they saw "a man with dreadlocks climbing from the third-floor balcony of the apartment. The woman who resides in the unit then arrived on the scene."
This story comes out days after Shaw was suspended indefinitely from the USC football team after admitting that he lied to the school about the way he suffered the injury.
The original story Shaw told, via Kyle Bonagura of ESPN.com, was that he jumped off a second-story balcony and into a pool to save his nephew from drowning. That tale of heroism garnered national attention, including on social media and morning talk shows.
However, according to Meghan Keneally of ABCNews.com, Shaw's story first started to come apart shortly after his tale of heroism gained steam because "a man named Josh Shaw matching the football player’s description was listed in a police report stemming from a disturbance call."
Shaw's future on the field has never looked less clear, but right now that's the least of his concerns. He's gone from being viewed like a hero and role model to an outcast and pariah in the span of a few days because of this huge lie he concocted.
It's important to note that this is just an investigation at this point. No one has been charged with anything, nor has anyone been arrested.
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