UNC's McDonald suspended three games for academic issue
Posted January 23, 2013
North Carolina junior guard Leslie McDonald will miss the Tar Heels next three games due to an academic issue, the university announced Wednesday.
“I did not take care of my responsibilities as a student-athlete and have to miss some games as a result," said McDonald. "I will do what I can to help prepare my teammates in practice even though I can’t play.”
The Tar Heels have been without McDonald for three games due to a knee injury. McDonald has since been cleared to return to action and will be available to play Feb. 2 when North Carolina hosts Virginia Tech.
“Leslie did not do what we expect of our student-athletes and therefore is not going to play in the next three games,” said North Carolina head basketball coach Roy Williams. “His knee has improved and he would have been medically able to return this week, but he won’t dress for Georgia Tech, NC State and Boston College. I’m disappointed for him and our team because he worked so hard to get back from his knee injury and has been a valuable contributor for us this season. He’s a good kid and we look forward to his return.”
McDonald is averaging about eight points and shooting 43 percent from 3-point range coming off the bench for the Tar Heels this season.
The team faces Georgia Tech at home Wednesday night.