Earlier this month, Paul Pabst of The Dan Patrick Show tracked down the Heisman Trophy that Reggie Bush had yet to return to the Heisman Trust. It was sitting in storage at the San Diego Hall of Champions, where Bush’s mother and stepfather, Denise and Lamar Griffin “loaned” it in March.
Bush had his Heisman Trophy stripped in September of 2010 after the NCAA determined that he was ineligible during his trophy-winning 2005 season. At the time, Bush agreed to forfeit the trophy.
But it looks like he has had a change of heart. Last night, SportsByBrooks.com reported that Reggie is planning to keep the trophy after all.
“[A] source said Bush has decided he will not return the Heisman Trophy to the Heisman Trophy Trust,” Brooks writes. “I was told Bush and the Griffins ‘loaned’ the trophy to the San Diego Hall of Champions to get it off their hands for the time being, treating the local museum as a safe deposit box of sorts. When Bush’s disgraced reputation eventually fades from everyday life, … the Griffins will retake personal possession of the sacred bronze object to do with it what they please.”
On the one hand, there’s something endearing about the Bush family openly refusing to let the NCAA and the Heisman Trust revise the history of the sport.
But on the other hand, Bush and his family have been wreaking havoc ever since they stepped foot on USC’s campus nearly a decade ago. They were at the centre of an improper benefits scandal that ultimately brought severe NCAA sanctions to the school. And they obviously still think they’re above the law.
Ultimately, you’ve got to think the trophy will find its way back to the Heisman Trust. But Bush and the Griffins won’t go quietly.
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