Thursday, August 28, 2014
Shaw Enough, College Athletics are a Big Business
For those who haven't paid attention, Josh Shaw, a football player for USC, told his team that he had sprained his ankles and couldn't play (true) because he jumped from a balcony (apparently so) to save a drowning child in a swimming pool below (false). Before a few folks began to poke holes in the story, the athletics dept. at USC put out a press release about the purported heroic action.
When it turned out the hero story wasn't true - there was no child/no save - USC had to put out a press release undoing the first one:
http://www.usctrojans.com/blog/2014/08/shaw-admits-he-lied.html. Adding to the story is that it appears Shaw did jump off a balcony, but not at the purported site of the child-save tale. Instead he apparently jumped off a balcony at an apartment house to which police had been called because of a report of a woman screaming. Exactly what transpired is being investigated.
As we have been reporting on the various court cases in the pipeline challenging the students-who-just-happen-to-be-athletes model, we are talking about quasi-autonomous business enterprises that just happen to be housed at universities. Google the level of coach salaries if you doubt it. Would USC have trumpeted the story of a botany major who saved a drowning child? Would UCLA? Might UCLA have done what USC did if a football player reported he had saved a child? An interesting question, no?