With Rashad McCants dropping a mushroom cloud over UNC's athletic/academic culture on Friday morning, a number of current and former Tar Heels basketball and football players are taking to Twitter to discredit his claims.
In some cases, they're attacking his character, too.
Roy Williams has also put out a statement. McCants specifically mentioned that Williams knew "100 percent" about the supposed fraudulent nature of some of the classes available to basketball players.
"Our players have been deeply hurt over the last couple of years, and again today, by the comments and innuendo concerning their academic achievements," Williams said. "The young men who accepted scholarships to play basketball at this university have done so expecting a world-class basketball experience, in addition to a world-class education. Obviously, we pride ourselves on being one of the top basketball programs in the country, but equally important, in helping our players grow academically and socially, as we promised their parents we would. Our student-athletes understand the value of a degree from the University of North Carolina and accept their academic responsibilities in earning that degree.
"They take seriously their efforts to, in some cases, become the first member of their families to graduate from college. I love them for all they have meant to UNC and to me, and I will continue to believe in and support them. With respect to the comments made today, I strongly disagree with what Rashad (McCants) has said. In no way did I know about or do anything close to what he says and I think the players whom I have coached over the years will agree with me. I have spent 63 years on this earth trying to do things the right way and the picture he portrays is not fair to the university or me.”
Below, a sampling of the outright dismissals of McCants' assertion that he took phony classes and had tutors do his work for him during UNC's 2004-05 national title season. To this point, no one that was on that 2004-05 team with McCants has supported or denied his claims.
First, former UNC point guard/current Laker Kendall Marshall:
fraudulent.— Kendall Marshall (@KButter5) June 6, 2014
Former UNC guard Wayne Ellington:
Rashad McCants is out of his mind.— Wayne Ellington (@WayneElli22) June 6, 2014
Former UNC big man/current Milwaukee Buck John Henson:
That boy is certified bonkers.— John Henson (@_John_Henson_) June 6, 2014
Crazy that someone so disreputable would try to tarnish something so special.— John Henson (@_John_Henson_) June 6, 2014
Former UNC defensive end/current Arizona Cardinal Kareem Martin:
Every week it seems like an athlete comes out and bashes the University, blaming everybody but themselves.— Kareem Martin (@reemthedream_95) June 6, 2014
Current UNC wide receiver Ryan Switzer:
Shoot if there are "easy" classes or a way I can just "show up and play ball" let me know!! Bc I have yet to be introduced to such scam— Ryan Switzer (@Switz03) June 6, 2014
Let Mr. McCants or whoever else come and take this anatomy class for me and then tell me I have it easy! I'll gladly step aside & watch lol— Ryan Switzer (@Switz03) June 6, 2014
Former UNC guard Leslie McDonald, who graduated last month:
Nothing was ever given to me, I earned it! #Fact— Leslie McDonald (@Lezz_McDonald2) June 6, 2014
And here's a twist. Former N.C. State star Julius Hodge, never a man shy to share his opinions on social media:
I cant run w/the athletes that have everything laid in their laps to go w/ their entitlement then go full Nicky Barnes when not an NBA star.— Julius Hodge (@Follow24Hodge) June 6, 2014
Need to see this interview. Did he tell how he was getting paid by diff agents?The flashy whip in college? Bet he didn't out that huh? #crab— Julius Hodge (@Follow24Hodge) June 6, 2014
And former UNC guard Dexter Strickland:
It's sad how people will do anything for notoriety!— Dexter Strickland (@DStrick01) June 6, 2014
(H/T, Daily Tar Heel)