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UNC suspends four players after report of off-field altercation

Posted August 27, 2014
Updated August 28, 2014

— One day after a report surfaced involving an off-field incident during fall training camp, University of North Carolina football has suspended four players for their season opener against Liberty.

Cornerbacks Des Lawrence, M.J. Stewart, and Brian Walker, as well as Donnie Miles were all suspended for one game for what head coach Larry Fedora called “a violation of team policy.”

“We have very high expectations of team policies and they didn’t meet those expectations,” Fedora said following practice Wednesday. “We are getting to a point (in the investigation) where I could make that decision (to suspend the players).”

Fedora did not go into any further detail of the specific violations other than to say the investigation is being conducted through student affairs. He added that he does not know if the investigation is complete, but he doesn't expect any further suspensions.

On Tuesday, a Yahoo Sports report was published claiming there was a hazing incident that occurred at the team’s hotel, Aloft, during fall camp. The article stated that redshirt walk-on freshman Jackson Boyer was involved in an altercation with multiple teammates and left with a concussion.

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.

Lawrence and Walker were each listed as starters at cornerback on this week’s depth chart released Monday. Stewart was listed as a second string corner and Miles as a third stringer at Ram.

“Any time you have some starters that aren’t going to play in the game, it’s going to affect the team,” Fedora said. “It will be an opportunity for guys that are backing them up to step up and make some plays. It will be a great team to see what the team does and how we respond to the adversity that we have created for ourselves.”

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.

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.

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  • Return of The Flagship Aug 30, 4:33 p.m.

    The tweeter attacks on Boyer coming from UNCCH and IC are incredible.

    Thanks so much for keeping up with this while the rest of enjoy our Labor Day weekend football ROFlfolOFloLF.

    (By the way, it's called "Twitter"....)

    (Ohboy.)

  • Alex25 Aug 30, 10:50 a.m.

    The tweeter attacks on Boyer coming from UNCCH and IC are incredible. Vile isn't a strong enough word.

    "TARNISHED HEELS" 2nd edition coming

  • Return of The Flagship Aug 30, 9:34 a.m.

    It's evident that ABC'Rs are more intelligent than ewnc'rs.

    Hey...whatever helps you navigate you miserable daily, inferiority-laden ABC'R existence...you go with that, Sundress!

    BAAAA HA ha ha!!

  • early exit Roy Aug 30, 9:00 a.m.

    "TARNISHED HEELS"

    ... a fascinating read by RJ Anderson, will make a great Christmas gift.

    — Posted by Alex25

    You're assuming most ABC'Rs can read.

    I'm sticking with new mudflaps and/or a new straw hat for... View More

    — Posted by Return of The Flagship

    It's evident that ABC'Rs are more intelligent than ewnc'rs. The last 4 years will prove that. Athletes can't find their way to class, so they just give them grades. That doesn't happen at the LARGEST university in the state

  • Alex25 Aug 30, 7:26 a.m.

    Saw a copy of "TARNISHED HEELS" at RDU last nite at a kiosk.

  • JACKSON SAWYER REVENGE Aug 30, 2:03 a.m.

    http://www.cbsnews.com/news/deception-at-duke-fraud-in-cancer-care/

    So many uninformed ABC'Rs in... View More

    — Posted by Return of The Flagship

    UNC fans are well informed - they just refuse to believe it. Living in a state of denial is so sad!

  • Return of The Flagship Aug 30, 12:27 a.m.

    "TARNISHED HEELS"

    ... a fascinating read by RJ Anderson, will make a great Christmas gift.

    — Posted by Alex25

    You're assuming most ABC'Rs can read.

    I'm sticking with new mudflaps and/or a new straw hat for my ABC'R buds this Christmas. No books.

  • carriepatrick Aug 29, 10:06 p.m.

    Here is a quote from 2013 from Winston Crisp, unc's VP of Student Affairs regarding the death of a unc fraternity pledge and an investigation into the fraternity by the Chi Pi National Governing Body.

    Winston Crisp, unc's vice chancellor for student affairs, said in a statement that the university supports the investigation and has "zero tolerance" for actions that threaten the health or safety of students.

    "The university always investigates any allegations of such behaviors and will take appropriate actions based on the facts and the requirements of our own policies and procedures," he said.

    http://insidehazing.com/headlines.php?headlines2PageSize=25&he=nkdfbkffxc&headlines2Page=2&idno=2277

  • Alex25 Aug 29, 8:22 p.m.

    "TARNISHED HEELS"

    ... a fascinating read by RJ Anderson, will make a great Christmas gift.

  • Alex25 Aug 29, 8:20 p.m.

    15+ players now involve in the UNCCH hazing hate crime. Did they ever go to classes .... ??

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