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Report: Reggie Bush will be stripped of Heisman Trophy

Updated at 1:24 p.m.

The Heisman Trophy Trust reportedly will strip 2005 winner Reggie Bush of the award by the end of the month and name no winner for that season, according to a Yahoo report.

Bush would be the first athlete in the 75-year history of the award to be stripped of the honor.

ESPN disputes the Yahoo report, however. "They haven't made a decision. No announcement is imminent," Chris Fowler said, adding that what the trust will do depends on which of the eight members of the board of trustees you talk to.

Citing two sources close to the Heisman trust, Charles Robinson writes that the group's investigation is nearly closed and it is likely to agree with the NCAA finding that Bush was ineligible during the 2005 season. Sources said Bush met with Heisman representatives last month in New York.

The NCAA ruled in June that Bush, now a running back with the New Orleans Saints, accepted cash, gifts and other benefits in violation of NCAA rules while playing at the University of Southern California. He was ruled retroactively ineligible for part of the 2004 season and all of 2005. USC was ordered to remove references to Bush from its sporting venues and promotional materials and delete his numbers from game stats. In July, the university returned its copy of the Heisman to the trust.

Vince Young, who finished a distant second to Bush in Heisman voting, has said he would not want the trust to give him the award.

By Cindy Boren  |  September 7, 2010; 9:45 AM ET
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Reggie Bush broke the rules. He does not deserve the Heisman Trophy. Whoever breaks the rules, as many do in the sports world today for the money, should be stripped of all honors and thrown out of the game. Wasn't Shoeless Joe thrown out of baseball even though he may have been the greatest baseball player ever?

What role models we have for children today. People cheating with steroids and growth hormones; others taking money while declaring amateur status. I am disgusted with all athletes and professional sports. There is no dignity nor honor among professional athletes today. All is for the money.

I call on all to boycott all professional sports. If we boycott the sports, then Reggie Bush, Roger Clemens, and so many others would not have been making millions and millions of dollars every year while being cheaters!

Posted by: christiansturges | September 7, 2010 10:39 AM | Report abuse

Where are our priorities?

Reggie Bush accepted cash, gifts and special treatment while a student at USC? Give me a break, top-level college athletes are always treated like royalty; this is nothing new or especially egregious.

OJ Simpson was allowed to keep his Heisman Trophy, right? His name is still emblazoned on the wall of fame at Buffalo's Rich Stadium.

Murderers get to keep their athletic awards, but a college student who didn't know the rules about gratuities is humiliated and stripped of his award....five years after the award was presented....that's American justice alright.

The NAACP, the USC and the Heisman Trust have all lost their moral compasses.

Screw them, Reggie!

Posted by: new_york_loner | September 7, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

OJ Simpson was allowed to keep his Heisman Trophy, right? His name is still emblazoned on the wall of fame at Buffalo's Rich Stadium.

Even though I believe OJ did kill his wife and her friend, he wasn't convicted in either murder, so actually he did nothing wrong. Imagine you getting fired after you went to court for a charge you comitted and was found not-guilty, do you think you should still get fired even though you were not convicted?

Posted by: PublicEnemy1 | September 7, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Reggie Bush is held accountable for his crimes". When in George Bush going to be held accountable for his war crimes and crimes against humanity? First things first.

Posted by: marrobcastle | September 7, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Reggie Bush is held accountable for his crimes". When in George Bush going to be held accountable for his war crimes and crimes against humanity? First things first.

Posted by: marrobcastle | September 7, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

"Reggie Bush accepted cash, gifts and special treatment while a student at USC? Give me a break, top-level college athletes are always treated like royalty; this is nothing new or especially egregious. "


Reggie Bush was the best athlete in the college game at the time and he's a world class athlete now.
If the Heisman trust wants to diminish the value of the award, that's up to them.
But Reggie Bush will never be tarnished by this. He's achieved so much more already that it means nothing.

Future recipients should refuse the award. That will teach the Heisman trust not to play politics with it.

Posted by: captainkona | September 7, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

USC should seriously start examining their overall sports programs and avoid being in a state of denial about something is indeed rotten in the state of Denmark. Sponsors and alumni need vetting when they prey on unsuspecting youngsters who ultimately pay the price for these indescretions.

Posted by: draw984 | September 7, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

He did do something wrong, but all this WAY after the fact reaction is silly and pointless.

until the NFL and NCAA have some kind of deal where a player can be punished at the pro-level for this kind of thing players who are going to go to the NFL will probably keep doing this kind of stuff.

And was NAACP a typo above? Freudian slip?

Posted by: alex35332 | September 7, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Well u smart people let's think about this for a second, why punish the player? How about punishing the people that make all the real money off these young atletes the coaches, the school, and how about the people that offer these things knowing before hand its wrong. These kids come to school with nothing but the promise of a free education as long as they can play but anything more than that is illegal, they still have to eat, clothe themselves. What about the school giving back everything it got for this players award.

Posted by: mekmek | September 7, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Sorry for the typo, I meant NCAA, not the NAACP; that might have been a Fruedian slip. OJ was concvicted in the civil case (wrongful death)and was assessed damages. Then, the knuckleheaded ex-jock tried to muscle his way, at gunpoint, to retrieve his lost Heisman. He was concicted in that case. That later crime alone is more serious and sordid than anything Reggie Bush did while at USC.

I hope that OJ rots in prison, it is what he deserves, IMO.

Other than the typo, I stand by my posts. Where are our priorities?

Posted by: new_york_loner | September 7, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

The Heisman, like the Oscar, is an overrated award and is really just a farce. Who cares anyway.

Posted by: lwilliamson1 | September 7, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

HOW DESPICABLE, this country won't be satisfied until every Black person in it, has been stripped of any and all accomplishments they've ever attained in life.

As someone else stated, is USC giving back any CASH, not to mention all the CASH the NCAA raked in at College Bowl Seasons, during Bush's (ticket selling tenure) in the college league?

I doubt it, this Black kid is the only one going down! As JEREMIAH WRIGHT said, "USA, when your chickens come home to roost - well I don't want to be around".
ALSO, I bet Michelle Obama is not very Proud of her country today!

Posted by: texas5 | September 7, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse


Well its no need to boycott sports if we as regular parents dont present ourselves as any better role models. We cheat, lie and scam for the money just like the athletes. Why arent parents role models first. Think of it this way. If the bush parents were better role models to Reggie then maybe he would not have taken the money. It goes back to parents being role models. At the same time the university and the NCAA should be role models and return the revenue they earned from covering Bush during his years at USC.

Posted by: ged0386 | September 7, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse


What a loser post. First of all why would there be a fraudian slip? The NAACP and O.J have about as much common interrest as You and O.J. or you and the NAACP. I guess in white people like you eyes all blacks belong to the same everything black. Secondly how do you feel about Robert Blake? The white fellow who used his celebrity to beat a murder wrap he probably should not have. Do you wish he would rot in prison? No because he is white so you dont care. O.J represents the double standard whites have regarding criminal justice. Hes the black guy who got away with murdering the pretty white lady. Thats why you hope he rots in jail. I have never heard one white person show outrage about Robert Blake. Who basically beat the same rap O.J did with more circumstantial evidence against him. Pardon my typos as well.

Posted by: ged0386 | September 7, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

And as for you WAPO OJ Simpson bashers, the very same chit this country did to OJ, it's doing to Prez Obama in the media everyday, and he hasn't killed anybody.

I'm sure many people are now realizing that OJ didn't kill anybody either, and just watching this country operate related to Minorities, makes me feel that the authorities are probably aware of the (non-minority) who IS responsible for those horrible murders.

That's because I sit and watch (non-minorities) get away with despicable chit EVERY SINGLE DAY, no questions asked!!

Posted by: texas5 | September 7, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

The NCAA is sanctimonious.

There is no punishment for the boosters – and we all know it’s because the money they give/get for schools. Also, they let coaches, who have violated rules, go unpunished. Pitino has been a cheat at every school and continues to coach without ever being punished. So a college student – who probably needed the money, accepted money from boosters. It was wrong but punish everyone not just the students.

Posted by: rlj1 | September 7, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Enough with this BS! NCAA Football and Basketball stopped being amature sports a long time ago. Millions upon millions of dollars are made on the backs of 18, 19, 20, and 21 year olds and you expect them to sit around and watch coach X sign for $3 million per year and then 2 years later break his contract to sign for $4 million else where?

Reggie Bush and Tim Tebow would have been millionaires already if they were allowed to take full advantage of their status. They made their schools and conferences millions upon millions of dollars so excuse me if I don't get all worked up over some out of date idea that these athletes should be "amatures" only. It's a joke. If the NCAA doesn't want to pay them then let these athletes make money off their names and quite penalizing them for doing as much.

We are also learning quite a bit about football and head injuries and we know now that it doesn't take but a few well placed concussions to degrade a person's brain function and you expect these athletes to trade that in for a scholarship? What good is that education when you brain is semi mush from playing football? Untill the hypocricy of the NCAA ceases to exist I will never blame an athlete for doing what 100s are already doing...making money off his name.

Posted by: 6thsense79 | September 7, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

The OJ analogy doesn't fit the facts. Bush's Heisman is being rescinded because he was not eligible to play NCAA football in the year the trophy was awarded. Different situation entirely. OJ isn't the world's best role model; but he was eligible to receive the award at the time it was awarded.

Posted by: thrh | September 7, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

The OJ analogy is indeed valid. Both Reggie and OJ earned their Heisman; the difference is that Bush's "crime" was based on a technicality, OJ's offense was barbaric.

In 75 years of this award, only Reggie Bush gets stripped? Reggie Bush stands alone?

If the Trust could retroactively strip Reggie, thay could strip OJ as well, they did not.

As for Robert Blake, he was not stripped of any of his awards; that humiliation was reserved for this young black man.

I will no longer respect the Heisman Trust to do the right thing; their award is forever tainted by this travesty of justice.

Retroactive award stripping is reserved for black men, unless they are murderers, like Simpson. It's effin' surreal.

Posted by: new_york_loner | September 7, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

To me the whole concept of "amateur athlete" is a farce. Since when is it acceptable for someone to do something that someone else receives a benefit for without getting some just compensation, like cash. Surely it would be reasonable for each athlete to receive a monthly stipend. The fact that they don't, to me, is unAmerican.

I think Reggie Bush did nothing wrong. I think the problem is the concept of not paying people for work that they do, in this case, perform in an athletic event.

Posted by: A1965bigdog | September 7, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

It's not just Reggie Bush that gets the raw end of the deal in situations like these. It's all the Athletes within the NCAA that get a bad deal... They get to go out there and bring home a championship and top dollar in Corporate endorsements for their schools...
Just to play in a BCS Bowl game a school is automatically awarded 3 million dollars for their athletic program. The winners (the athletic program) of bowl games are paid cash bonuses. Athletes are paraded and heralded by their Programs in front of the media, on sports merchandise and video games. And it's wrong for them receive gifts and cash from the Alumni??? You can't tell me there's not something wrong with this picture.

The NCAA and Corporate America are legally pimping these kids and noone wants to stand up and fight on behalf of these kids whom have no choice but to abide by the system that has them bück.

Posted by: Debonair31 | September 7, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

There's no doubt that college football players are cashcows for successful programs, but they're not exactly victims either. Most live extremely well in college even if they follow the rules, and some can look forward to lucrative NFL careers based on what they showcase during college games. Heck, some even manage to graduate with their free or heavily subsidized educations. Is the scale still skewed towards the program owners? Sure. But it's the same in the NFL. And targeting Bush as some sort of vendetta on minorities? Come on. This is a slap on the wrist; so his records are expunged. Big deal. I guess he'll have to give back all those millions of NFL dollars, plus the super bowl ring. Oh wait.

Posted by: zippyspeed | September 7, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

I don't think Reggie Bush did anything that other players haven't done, except somehow he got caught.

Perks have become a part of sports recruiting, even though they're not supposed to be, they always have been.

In this day and age of hate and politics, I wouldn't be surprised if they're doing this in retaliation for us having our First Black President.

Posted by: lindalovejones | September 7, 2010 7:01 PM | Report abuse

The Heisman isn't diminished, USC didn't lose their "moral compass" & "a college student who didn't know the rules about gratuities" was not "humiliated and stripped of his award". He deserved this for taking financial benefits worth $100,000 from marketing agents while playing there. In fact, I wish they could do more against him.

You can say that Bush has "accomplished so much more" but the truth is that he broke the rules, put himself above his team, his University & showed that he has no ethics. He has "accomplished" becoming a highly paid player, but that doesn't insulate him from public opinion or clear him from his poor ethics.

USC & Heisman should be honored for not bowing to the least commom denominator, money. Talk about his future career, but when it's all said & done, his legacy will be one of dishonor. You will say he still has the cash, but there are a lot of athletes who will retire with $ and their honor, Bush is not one of them.

Posted by: cadam72 | September 7, 2010 8:30 PM | Report abuse

There's not a man among us who hasn't made a mistake, particularly when a young man. Reggie isn't the first, won't be the last. Doesn't negate his accomplishments on the field. I'm sure he will be disappointed and maybe even embarrassed (rightfully so), but they can't take away the ultimate---that Super Bowl ring! Reggie should mail the Heisman back tomorrow, postage due!

Posted by: Sirius2 | September 7, 2010 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Reggie's a plaaaayah. He was when he was at USC accepting $ and perks on the side, he was when he was nailing that Kardashian chick (which one again?), and he still is. He'll be just fine without the Heisman. Yank it!!!

Posted by: gce1356 | September 7, 2010 9:30 PM | Report abuse

(and I'm not talking about Kardashian)

Posted by: gce1356 | September 7, 2010 9:32 PM | Report abuse

The Heismen trophy, no big deal, it's about as fake as the fake hypocritical NCAA(that makes billions off the backs of the so called student athletes). His, Superbowl ring, true football success, those chumps can't take that away!

Posted by: Theone9 | September 8, 2010 9:06 AM | Report abuse

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