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NCAA-sanctioned Williams: Players who speak out 'demonized'

Posted June 12

Former North Carolina football player Deunta Williams stood up for his fellow Tar Heel Rashad McCants Thursday afternoon in an interview with Adam Gold and Joe Ovies on 99.9 FM The Fan.

In response to McCants' recent interviews about his experiences at UNC, Williams said he'd tell the former basketball player to be strong.

"He made a conscious decision to speak out about a very sensitive topic. There are a lot of players that shared similar experiences as him. We have to look and the facts and respect what he is saying," Williams said.

"When you are in the situation, they will try to devalue your credibility, but you have to stick to your guns, and be honest about your experience."

Williams echoed McCants' sympathies for other student-athletes, saying, "We should stop demonizing the kids for speaking out and try to help them."

He referred to his own NCAA suspension and acknowledged the fact that some UNC fans fail to understand the depth of the problem.

"Too many people tried to make it a football-only problem when everyone knew their was something going on with the basketball program," Williams said. "The university needs to acknowledge that they made some mistakes and that they are trying to fix the problem."

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  • Toddler10-21 Jun 22, 9:17 a.m.

    I was a Division 2 athlete. My coach knew each of his players class schedule and knew if there were any class skipping going on. We had over 40 players and this includes the redshirts. Roy had what 15 athletes? He knew, but Rashard has some grudge against Roy more than UNC. Just my opinion.

  • vegasjoe57 Jun 22, 7:34 a.m.

    These kids all went to Division II and III schools in the '70's and '80's. Money has corrupted college athletics; no longer any thing but free minor league system for the pros... but, do these kids ratting out UNC have a grudge now? Found out their AFAS degree is not marketable? Want to project blame on some third party? Not fair? They knew the deal, enjoyed the pampering ride, now grow up and man up!

  • RDcallsit Jun 21, 10:04 a.m.

    maybe I can get tickets to some games now some of the big dollars may stay home!!!

  • PackFanAllUpInDaHizzy Jun 19, 9:17 a.m.

    I absolutely agree with you. I've said many times that anyone who believes a kid who struggles... View More

    — Posted by heelsforever

    kid who struggles to maintain a 2.5 GPA in high school and get an 850 on the SAT (old... View More

    — Posted by 903 Born 2 B Hated, Dying 2 B Lo

    I know you don't like to hear this and refuse to believe it, but with very few exceptions, every... View More

    — Posted by heelsforever

    You're right. I don't want to hear the "Everybody does it" copout excuse anymore...Especially... View More

    — Posted by 903 Born 2 B Hated, Dying 2 B Lo

    not only that.... but, pastel blue nation didn't want to hear "everybody's doing it" back in the early 90's when the NCAA was coming down on NCSU.

    #KarmaIsABeautifulThing

    #Muah

    :)

  • Jackiemoon Jun 18, 6:35 p.m.

    Even more proof that the UNC athletic program is more dirty than ten day old underwear. So whats the NCAA gonna do about this? Sit back and count the $$$ they are making off of UNC or set an example? Many other colleges are watching and taking notes...

  • TTSCP Jun 17, 2:28 p.m.

    "He made a conscious decision to speak out about a very sensitive topic. There are a lot of... View More

    — Posted by JDT0827

    ^^^Head in the sand.

  • JDT0827 Jun 17, 2:16 p.m.

    "He made a conscious decision to speak out about a very sensitive topic. There are a lot of players that shared similar experiences as him. We have to look and the facts and respect what he is saying,"
    Just a tad bit of creative quoting? Just a bit. WRAL is just as bad as the N&O. Listen carefully to the part of the conversation this quote was taken from. Standards of journalism are as bad as the standards of being a politician these days. All about website hits and papers sold, the truth and honesty in reporting....what a joke. Just keep all the NCSU sheep's hopes up, they certainly have little hope when it comes much else in the sporting arena.

  • heelsforever Jun 16, 3:13 p.m.

    About 30% of UNCCH fans are deeply hurt and embarrassed by the worst scandal ever in college and... View More

    — Posted by Alex25

    I will pick one of the two you do not put yourself in.

  • Alex25 Jun 16, 10:58 a.m.

    About 30% of UNCCH fans are deeply hurt and embarrassed by the worst scandal ever in college and want action taken. About 30% are somewhat hurt, but can look the other way and are ethically challenged. About 30% don't care and are sociopathic monsters and cheaters.

    Which group are you ??

  • TTSCP Jun 14, 12:13 a.m.

    Deunta, to answer your main point about about UNC admitting problems and addressing them -- done... View More

    — Posted by dkrafty01

    ^^^Head in the sand.

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