It has been a rough week for USC head coach Steve Sarkisian: having to suspend his defensive captain, then having a team member quit, and now finding out that the defensive captain he suspended is apparently the subject of a police investigation.
In a bizarre week for the USC Trojans but more specifically CB Josh Shaw, the now-suspended cornerback is now being investigated by Los Angeles police for his possible involvement in a potential domestic violence incident that occurred last Saturday, according to the Los Angeles Times via NFL.com.
“We would have like to hear from Mr. Shaw to provide some clarity about the situation, but that is not going to happen,” Captain John McMahon said, per the report. “In light of that, our investigation into a possible domestic dispute will continue.”
According to The L.A. Times, Officer Sara Faden confirmed that police went to a downtown Los Angeles apartment building on Saturday around 10:40 p.m. to respond to a report that a woman was screaming and that witnesses had seen a man with dreadlocks climbing down from a third-story balcony, per the report. The woman who resides in the apartment said the description from witnesses fit that of her boyfriend, Shaw.
USC released a story on Monday that said Shaw injured his ankles while jumping from a second-floor balcony to save his drowning nephew in a nearby pool. After reports surfaced questioning the authenticity of the story, Shaw recanted his tale on Wednesday and said he indeed had made the whole thing up.
For his actions, USC head coach Steve Sarkisian – in his first year with the team after being hired in early 2014 – suspended Shaw indefinitely.