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Deunta Williams explains 4-game suspension

Posted October 9, 2010

Extended interview: Deunta Williams

Senior free safety Deunta Williams spoke to reporters about his four-game suspension for receiving extra benefits following North Carolina's victory over Clemson on Saturday.

What did you learn about yourself having to sit out these last four games?
“That I can’t watch football – I’ve got to be out there playing. It was so frustrating. I was kicking it with some people, and they were like, ‘Man, you’ve got to get out.’ I’m calling out plays and all of this other stuff and they were like, ‘We can’t watch the game with you.’ But it was tough.

“My whole situation, I just want to take this time to really apologize to the university and all of our fans for putting myself and the program in this position. But if you guys really want to know what happened, me and Kendric [Burney] went out to California. We stayed with a former player. When we had hotels, all we had was cash, so the guy swiped his card and we paid him back immediately and that was it. And they figured that was a violation, so I had to sit four games.”

Does it make this process more frustrating feeling like you didn’t do anything wrong?
“It really was the first week, but they’ve got a job to do. I feel like them making me sit those four games made me really hungry and I feel like I’ve got that fire back that I had my freshman year when I was out there ballin’ and stickin’ people, so I feel like that’s going to continue. I’ve got to thank them for that. I just try to find a positive in all of this.”

I missed the first part of your explanation -- can you repeat what happened?
“I went out to California, me and Kendric, and we stayed with Omar Brown. And instead of me swiping my card, he swiped his card for the hotel and we paid him cash at that time. So they deemed that as a violation and that’s why [the release] says $1500 and I only had to pay back $400. That $400 is from him taxiing us from the airport to his house and to our hotels. Me and my girlfriend, when we went at the time, we stayed at his house for two nights, so that’s where all of that money that I have to pay back comes from.”

So if you had swiped the card, this might not have happened?

At what point did you realize that the NCAA thought this was a problem?
“To be honest, I really didn’t think it was going to be a big issue because we had paid the money. The line of questioning that they asked me was “Who paid for the trip?” Well, I paid for the trip. K.B. and I paid for the trip together. That was the line of questioning. So once we revealed certain details, for instance, when I stayed with my girlfriend at that time for two nights, they felt like that was a violation and stuff like that. That was the kind of stuff that they got me on. And I felt like me and Omar had had a relationship for four years, so I thought it was a big brother, little brother type of thing. I would have done the same thing. I won’t now, but I would have done the same thing if I was in his position. But they said it was a violation and I understand that, so I manned up and served what I had to serve.”

When were those trips?
“Two years ago. One was two years ago and the one with my girlfriend was this past spring.”

In the offseason?
“Offseason, during the spring.”

So what did you do to get through the suspension, because it must have been hard to watch –
“It just reinforced my faith. I stayed prayed up the whole time. Once I saw the other guys were really struggling through it, it kind of took me out of myself and put me into helping everybody else out. Also, once I found out I wasn’t playing in the LSU game, my best friend that I grew up with, his mom was diagnosed with breast cancer and ended up dying four days later. So that threw everything out of the loop for me. I looked at football and it’s just a game, and I had to be there for my best friend, so that’s what happened.”

What have you learned about the NCAA process and NCAA rules out of all of this? Were there just a lot of things that you guys didn’t know?
“I don’t really want to talk about that.”


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  • heelsfaninraleigh Oct 13, 2010

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    Finally something we can agree on! :-)

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Oct 12, 2010

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    Yep, the only interest I pay is on mortgage loans and car loans. I despise interest!

  • heelsfaninraleigh Oct 12, 2010

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    I was just 'assuming' as the other poster was. He told leo he wasn't smart to pay interest. I simply pointed out that some of us are smart enough not to pay interest.

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Oct 12, 2010

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    That was intelligent.

    And just for the record, the average State grad earns more than the average Carolina grad. That includes both STARTING salaries, as well as mid-career salaries. would seem you don't have numbers to back you up, unless you just think State fans have trouble controlling their spending. ;)

  • FAN72 Oct 12, 2010

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    Seems like we now know other players on the team "lied about it" and other trips too. Maybe that is the reason so many people are having doubts about his statement.

  • heelsfaninraleigh Oct 12, 2010

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    Who says he is paying interest? You see, Carolina people earn enough money to pay our cards off in full at the end of the month. It is you state fans that have to pay interest.

  • heelsfaninraleigh Oct 12, 2010

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    Yeah, and I'll just beat state players have referred to each other as family on numerous occasions. Try again.

  • heelsfaninraleigh Oct 12, 2010

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    Really?? Well I guess the NCAA disagrees with you.

  • FE Oct 11, 2010

    "...and then not being truthful with our staff and NCAA representatives..."

  • GTHD15 Oct 11, 2010

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    I would think that just because he said if only he swiped his card does not necessarily mean he had it with him. I think he was saying he wishes he had it with him so he could have swiped it.

    Just the way I read it.




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