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UNC football investigating off-field incident

Posted August 26, 2014
Updated September 11, 2014

— The University of North Carolina football program is again making headlines for off-field transgressions, this time as they are investigating a physical altercation between teammates that took place during fall camp, according to a report from Yahoo Sports.

According to the report by Eric Adelson and Pat Forde, walk-on redshirt freshman Jackson Boyer was involved in an altercation with “multiple teammates” and was left with a concussion. The incident occurred at the Aloft hotel, where the team was staying for the camp, according to the report.

A UNC spokesperson did not use the word “hazing” in a statement to WRAL, commenting, “We are aware of an incident involving members of the UNC football team that took place earlier this month. We take this allegation seriously and the University is conducting a thorough review.”

Chapel Hill police show no records of any arrests at the hotel during the time the team was staying at the hotel and no police reports covering any assault or domestic violence mention Boyer's name.

No discipline against any Tar Heels football player has been made publicly known since the incident.

UNC head coach Larry Fedora had no comment after his radio show Tuesday night. Director of Athletics Bubba Cunningham did not elaborate on the statement from spokesman Kevin Best, telling WRAL's Jeff Gravley, "We do not comment on on-going investigations."

UNC, which is still under NCAA restrictions stemming from a two-year NCAA investigation into impermissible benefits that has since been reopened, has a specific policy against hazing, although there is no defined punishment for the action.

The section in the UNC Dean of Students website detailing hazing reads, "UNC expressly prohibits hazing or any activity that puts a student’s physical, emotional or psychological health and safety at risk. The Instrument of Student Judicial Governance defines hazing as action, “that causes or permits an individual, with or without consent, to engage in activities that subject that individual or others to risks of physical injury, mental distress, or personal indignities of a highly offensive nature, in connection with recruitment, initiation, or continued membership in a society, fraternity or sorority, club, or similar organized group, whether or not recognized by the University.”

The 6-foot-3 Boyer was a two-time all-conference wide receiver at East Chapel Hill High School. He was not listed on the seven-deep depth chart at wide receiver for the season opener against Liberty this Saturday.

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  • early exit Roy Aug 28, 2014

    What a lawless university. I it had been 4 whites beating up a black what do you think you would see 24 hrs a day on tv? More will come out about this "hazing" altercation. Most corrupt university in the country. You better hope the team trainer or medical person associated with the team didn't substitute for a medical doctor. If so I think this school is in for a major lawsuit. You don't mess around with concussions. Another scandal trying to be swept under the rug.

  • Alex25 Aug 27, 2014

    Pathological Cheating UNCCH

  • Boogalooboy Aug 27, 2014

    They just announced they suspended 4 players... That will teach em, can't play against the school of the blind... sorry but the athletic program will never step up, constant excuses, constant promises, what a joke..

  • Objective Scientist Aug 27, 2014

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    HeelsFanForLife... if you don't like my statement(s)... don't read them. While I do not - and have never - claimed that I was an "expert" on anything... my history with UNC does give me considerable insight, some connections, and some understanding of UNC that others with a lesser history with the University most likely does not have. My "insight" into UNC and intercollegiate athletics is definitely more than that of most people. Furthermore... I have always called a "spade a spade" with regard to UNC issues. I have never, simply because of my history with UNC as an alumnus and a fan, defended or denied or deflected the issues... as I see some UNC folks do. I state my history with the University so readers may understand that - in spite of my deep and long connections with/to the University - I attempt to be objective and realistic - acknowledging that problems exist, along with my frustration and anger about them.

  • JACKSON SAWYER REVENGE Aug 27, 2014

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    well don't get whizzzie in a tizzie little girl its gonna go away- all they have to do is get a check ready.

  • 903 Free Jackson Boyer Aug 27, 2014

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    yet someone posts the following and you didn't give him a lecture...

    Not hazing folks. Someone tried to pull a prank, got caught, words were exchanged that led to a fight, and somebody got his rear end kicked pretty bad. many thnigs at UNC over the last four years has warranted a big story. This one does not. It's simply being sensationalized for clicks.

    — Posted by heelsforever
    Read more at http://www.wralsportsfan.com/unc-football-investigating-off-field-incident/13927282/#zrhXPIUHJ9PvoLWJ.99

  • tbg0519 Aug 27, 2014

    Not sure of the logic of putting 127 guys up at a hotel 1.5 miles away from the stadium when the dorms are all around the stadium. At ~$100/night, they're burning through $90k/week. Is that a really good use of university funds? I know they want to make the team feel like and look like the big leagues, but when things like this happen, it just shows that UNC isn't ready to be a big league team. If they want people to think they are not covering things up, then quit hiding. The truth will come out, and how it comes out will determine the impact.

  • JACKSON SAWYER REVENGE Aug 27, 2014

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    with unc's rep speculation usually is true

  • JACKSON SAWYER REVENGE Aug 27, 2014

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    that rug is getting awful lumpy

  • JACKSON SAWYER REVENGE Aug 27, 2014

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    or go to class

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