Reggie Bush has decided to forfeit the 2005 Heisman Trophy in an apparent attempt to end what was becoming a growing distraction to both himself and the USC Trojans.
The New Orleans Saints released an official statement from Bush Wednesday evening.
In the statement, Bush reiterated his respect for the Heisman Trophy and what it means to be associated with the award.
With the Heisman Trust Committee set to meet next Tuesday, there have been conflicting reports saying the members would be discussing vacating Bush's award entirely from the record books. It's unknown whether those reports were indeed credible, and the actual motivation behind Bush's actions today remains a mystery.
But does it really matter?
In the eyes of Joe Public, Bush's legacy at USC has been tainted beyond repair. He might as well have hung onto the Heisman for dear life.
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