Embattled New Orleans Saints player Reggie Bush has decided to forfeit his 2005 Heisman Trophy. In a statement released on Tuesday, Bush stated, ” … I know that any young man fortunate enough to win the Heisman enters into a family of sorts. Each individual carries the legacy of the award and each one is entrusted with its good name. It is for these reasons that I have made the difficult decision to forfeit my title as Heisman winner of 2005.” Bush had been under fire for NCAA violations, with his alma mater USC, removing all traces of him from the campus, sending back the school’s copy of the Heisman. This could be a case of get before gotten, since it has been rumored that the Heisman Trophy Trust would be stripping Bush of the coveted award. Admitting guilt, apologizing and exercising humility by forfeiting the award demonstrates some integrity on Bush’s part, which is more than I can say for all of those involved who have failed to admit their role in the violations. Who? USC, the athletic department, including the coaching staff, and NCAA.
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