Variety reported Wednesday a new documentary about former football running back Reggie Bush and his involvement in the USC scandal is in the making.
In the exclusive, Variety says Bush “is ready to tell his side of the story” and that the film “will look at Bush’s role in leading USC to multiple national championships, as well as the scandal that overshadowed that legacy.”
Bush was a key piece to USC’s success in the early 2000s and won the Heisman Trophy in 2005 before being drafted No. 2 overall by the New Orleans Saints in 2006. Not long after, allegations surfaced that Bush’s family received upwards of $300,000 worth of extra incentives while he played at Southern California, including a house in San Diego. Bush, who denied the allegations at first, had to give back the Heisman and forfeit his college record.
USC was heavily sanctioned and forced to vacate all games Bush played in, including the 2005 Orange Bowl victory that won them a national title.
The documentary is the latest step Bush is taking to clear his name. With the NCAA’s new guidelines regarding student-athletes receiving incentives for their “name, image, and likeness,” Bush also recently asked for his Heisman back.
“After all these years I’m finally ready to tell my story,” Bush told Variety. “I hope this can help drive change with the next generation of student-athletes. We’re making some progress, but there’s still a long way to go.”
The yet-to-be-named documentary will be directed by Kirk Fraser of “ESPN 30 for 30″ fame, and produced by Believe Entertainment Group, which produced Kobe Bryant’s Oscar-winning “Dear Basketball.” Bush is also expected to serve as an executive producer on the project.
“Providing Reggie with the opportunity to tell his story, in his words and reclaim his legacy is a parable greater than this one man,” Fraser said in a statement to Variety. “The heart of this story will explore one of the most infamous controversies in college football history and reveal the ongoing contentious culture inside collegiate sports.”
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