Two Lessons from the Josh Shaw Ankle Controversy

According to NBC Los Angeles: A USC football player and co-captain admitted on Wednesday that he lied when he said he hurt his ankles while jumping off a second-floor balcony to save his drowning nephew from a pool, the player said in a statement from his attorney.

Senior cornerback Josh Shaw first told USC's Ripsit Blog that he jumped off the balcony on Aug. 23, landed on the concrete and crawled into the pool to rescue the child, suffering the sprains as a result of the jump. But on Wednesday, Shaw admitted that the story was "made up," and school officials called it "a complete fabrication."

I learn two things from this story.

First, character still matters. There is still a recognition in our culture that you can't just be a great physical talent and get away with anything. I'm grateful USC is teaching this to its players.

Second, lots of people believe the gospel as long as Jesus' name isn't mentioned. Shaw was lauded as a hero for what he supposedly had done: potentially sacrificing his football career for a drowning nephew. "What a guy!" everyone thought. Yet tell the world that Jesus "emptied Himself by assuming the form of a slave ... (and) humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death—even to death on a cross" ... and they balk at it as creedal discrimination.