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Reggie Bush forfeits Heisman

Posted on: September 14, 2010 5:44 pm
Edited on: September 14, 2010 5:45 pm

If Reggie Bush has found religion, it took a long and winding road to get to the confessional.

Five years long, winding through college, the pros and an NCAA investigation that continued to shame him. Religion? Maybe, a little, but what Reggie Bush truly practiced Tuesday in forfeiting his 2005 Heisman Trophy was classic damage control.

Controlling damage to his reputation. Translation: endorsements. Bush had become such a tragic figure that it was wearing on his member-in-good-standing status as a Kardashian-dating, part-time playing, Super Bowl-ring wearing celebutant.

Hate to simplify it, but these types things are never that complicated. It looked like the Heisman Trust was ready to vote Tuesday on vacating Bush's 2005 trophy.  Bush (or his handlers) stepped in and changed the verb from "stripped" of the trophy to "forfeit" the Heisman. It projects a sense of totality, closure and, at some level, elicits sympathy.

Especially when you throw in that the decision was "heart-breaking."

Forfeiting means that some Bush (or an assistant) will have to pack up the hardware and mail it back to New York. The ultimate shame.  Bush also threw us off the scent by saying he wants to establish "an educational program which will assist student-athletes and their families avoid some of the mistakes that I made."

You know, the kinds of mistakes college football players make every day ...

--Arranging for their parents to get a free house.

--Taking close to half a million in extra benefits from shady "marketers".

--Denying any of it ever happened saying, "the truth will come out."

--When the truth does come out, promise to help the school with its appeal of massive NCAA penalties.

--Tainting a national championship while disgracing your school and teammates.
You know, those type of mistakes.
Had Bush let this drag on, he would have begun to be defined by it, especially by the folks  who are always looking for jocks to hawk their products.  I know, I know if Kobe Bryant can still endorse sneakers after that little dust-up in Colorado, then why worry?

There is no easy answer. In our sports society, reps can always be rehabbed. Why Bush's still needs work after Tuesday is summarized by a simple remaining question.

After five years, an NCAA investigation and a Heisman forfeiture, where, exactly, is the apology?

Category: NCAAF

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: September 15, 2010 11:17 pm

Reggie Bush forfeits Heisman

how about this instead of punishing the players who are there now we have usc pay back the 12 million or so dollars reggie helped them earn by going to the bcs title game. I am not letting Bush off the hook for this but mistakes made by a 19 or 20 year old kid are alot easier to forgive then the ones made by all the so called adults involved in this.Furthermore , the NCAA's version of justice is a joke if they were in charge of the legal system you would wind up in prison because of crimes your father commited. Dont punish the actual guilty party punish the people who are the easiest to get to.

Since: Jan 12, 2008
Posted on: September 15, 2010 8:46 pm


Hey, I get it.  You are still pissed USC put a whippin on your Sooners even though Reggie Bush didn't even score.  55-19 Lives Forever!

The $291,000 included the down payment on the house Michael Michaels bought, idiot.   The down payment was NOT given to the Bush family when obviously it was given to the bank.  But I believe Michael Michaels lost the house so he sued for money lost on the down payment.  It's not like the Bush parents spent $291,000.  The bulk of the "benefits" recieved came in the form of a free house for a year.  What difference does it make?  Bush settled the first lawsuit for ALL money owned.  Only to be sued by jackass #2, Lloyd Lake.  Don't think for second these two didn't profit off suing Bush and merely got their money back.

I think it's bullshat to tie Reggie Bush's name to $300K when Reggie himself received far less.  He was driving a ten year old car.  I wonder how old a car Rhett Bomar's was driving. 

In the end, Bush lost out on far more money then he ever took thanks to his stepdad.

Since: Sep 15, 2010
Posted on: September 15, 2010 6:32 pm

Reggie Bush forfeits Heisman

Seriously?  We're commending him as a good guy?  a strong person?  He's just fine?  Whatever!!  HE CHEATED!!  I don't care if the rules make sense.  You either play by them or you are a cheater.  You either follow the rules or you don't.  You either cheat on your income taxes or you don't.  You either beat your wife or you don't.    You don't only hit your wife if you think you have a good reason to.  You don't cheat on your taxes only when you think nobody's going to audit you.  Rules are there for a reason.  If you can't follow them, don't play.  I'm sick of people pretending that cheating is OK.  Get some moral backbone!!

Since: Mar 10, 2009
Posted on: September 15, 2010 3:34 pm

Reggie Bush forfeits Heisman


What do you care if Bush apologizes or not? He doesn't owe you an apology so why are you wondering where it is? If he wants to screw his own reputation, give back the Hesiman or have it taken away/vacated, screw USC and his former teammates & coaches, he didn't harm you. So WTF do you care?

How do idiots like you get jobs as sports bloggers? What the F do you know about sports??

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: September 15, 2010 2:36 pm

Reggie Bush forfeits Heisman

This is great news. In the past 22 years anyone who has ever won a Heisman turned out to have a very bad NFL career. The only college player to have a great career in the NFL was Barry Sanders and he retired early because he got tired of playing on a very bad Lions team. Now that Bush "never" won the Heisman then he can be the superstar that everyone thinks he can be.
Looks like Vince Young will "win" the Heisman now. His career in the NFL thus far has been very up and down...but mostly down.

Since: Aug 17, 2009
Posted on: September 15, 2010 2:05 pm

Reggie Bush forfeits Heisman

Modern day slavery? Man I wish I could have been enslaved that way. Free education, playing the sport I love in front of tens of thousands of adoring fans, an opportunity to prepare well for a pro career... and all of it VOLUNTARY! We need some more of this slavery! Sign me up!

Since: Jul 17, 2007
Posted on: September 15, 2010 12:48 pm

Reggie Bush forfeits Heisman

The ends justify the means i suppose.  No question the NFL and NCAA are partly to blame for doing absolutely nothing to control unscrupulous agents, but the defense of Bush is ludicris.  There are some simple truths in this instance:  (1) Bush knew he was accepting significant gifts, (2) Unless he is a complete moron -- or has had his head in the sand his entire pre-USC life -- Bush knew that NCAA rules prohibited contact with agents such that he or his family members obtained financial or other benefit from those contacts, (3) he knew of the investigation into his actions, and  (4) he lied about what he did. 

Presidents have been impeached for lying, ordinary people have been jailed for lying to investigative bodies, but Bush who lied and cheated should get a pass because he was "looking out for the people who mean the most to him"?  I suppose if someone crosses one of my family members I have every right to take what ever action i want as long as I follow up by saying "I was just looking out for my family." 

That is absurdity at its finest. 

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: September 15, 2010 11:57 am

Reggie Bush forfeits Heisman

I wonder if the NCAA & the Trojans are willing to return the Millions & Millions of dollars Reggie Bush generated for them ??

Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: September 15, 2010 11:10 am

Reggie Bush forfeits Heisman

What a crock, yeah the system exploits these kids, Stafford with his multi million dollar bonus last year, Bradford with his this year, oh my god, $40 plus million and all you have to do is FOLLOW THE RULES for three or four years and poof, there is all the money in the world you and your family will need for the rest of your lives.  Was he living in the gutter, was his parents?  No I don't think so.  The house was supposedly for his parents, but what about the half million plus that he also received, you actually believe ALL that went to his parents.  Grow up, he couldn't wait one year for the millions that were guarenteed to come..  So let's stop all the "system" take advantage of these porr poor kids.  Plus the fact that most of them are getting an education for free.

Since: Sep 25, 2008
Posted on: September 15, 2010 11:10 am

Reggie Bush forfeits Heisman

Steve57: Thank you for trying to add a bit of sanity to the discussion. Few things bug me more than when people take some trivial issue and dress it up in the garb of something truly serious. It devalues the real issue that is used as an inappropriate comparison. It's like referring to not being allowed to swear on this message board as an violation of your freedom of speech. It's insulting to anyone who has actually been affected by slavery or censorship, or whatever else.

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