Former UNC player cited for drugs at Williams-owned home
Posted December 13, 2013
Updated December 14, 2013
Chapel Hill, N.C. — Former University of North Carolina basketball player Will Graves was cited last Friday and charged with marijuana possession at a house owned by Tar Heels head coach Roy Williams.
Records show that Graves was charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession at 1016 Pinehurst Drive in Chapel Hill, which is a home owned by Williams, according to property tax records. Graves was found to be in possession of 4.4 grams of marijuana, three full blunts, two “burnt marijuana blunts,” eight marijuana seeds and a grinder, police said.
A meter reader with the utility company called police after assessing the house that was thought to be vacant but suspected somebody was living at the residence.
A UNC spokesperson confirmed that Graves was renting the home from Williams while he was working as a part-time video coordinator for the basketball program and attending UNC-CH to finish his degree. The spokesperson added that “various people have rented the house.”
Graves, 24, was a member of the UNC team until his dismissal in Oct. 2010 for failing to comply with team rules as a senior.
“We were thrilled to have Will come back to work towards his degree, but we are certainly disappointed with this situation,” said Williams in a statement.
Graves also released a statement on Friday, saying he was sorry to Williams, his family and UNC for the negative attention he brought on them.
"I can only blame myself for my own stupid actions. Coach Williams has stood up for me on numerous occasions and it causes me great turmoil to let him down in this way," Graves said. "He gave me an opportunity to finish my degree this semester, and I have successfully achieved that goal, which was a lifelong dream for my family and me."
"Unfortunately, I have no urge to celebrate that accomplishment because of the situation I brought upon myself," Graves added. "I understand my actions were wrong and I take full and complete responsibility for them."
Graves is due in court Feb. 3.