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."