UNC football investigating off-field incident
Posted August 26, 2014
Updated September 11, 2014
Chapel Hill, N.C. — 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.