College football player Shaw injures himself 'while saving drowning nephew'

However, doubts have been cast over Josh Shaw’s story.

Shaw: was named as a team captain last weekend.
Shaw: was named as a team captain last weekend.
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Updated at 8.15pm

AN AMERICAN COLLEGE football player has been hailed as a hero after he reportedly injured himself by jumping off a second-floor balcony to rescue his nephew.

However, doubts have now emerged as to whether Josh Shaw’s injury came about as first reported.

Earlier today the University of Southern California reported their cornerback was at a family function last Saturday when he spotted the seven-year-old in distress in the swimming pool.

According to the original story, Shaw was able to get the child to safety but suffered two high ankle sprains. The 22-year-old, who was named as a team captain earlier on Saturday, has been ruled out indefinitely ahead of the college football season which kicks off this weekend.

USC head coach Steve Sarkisian said at the time: “That was a heroic act by Josh, putting his personal safety aside. But that’s the kind of person he is.”

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However, since then, Sarkisian has received information that casts doubt over the incident saying:

“We did receive some calls that question the validity of his story. We’re doing our due diligence on that as we speak.”

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