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Roy Williams' (very long) explanation

Posted on: December 15, 2009 4:46 pm
Edited on: December 15, 2009 4:47 pm

Roy Williams used his radio show to discuss the details surrounding the removal of a fan during Saturday's win over Presbyterian. The North Carolina coach did not apologize for reacting to the heckler who yelled "Hey Deon, don't miss it!" while Deon Thompson shot free throws. But Williams did talk about the incident at length.

His comments in full are below (courtesy of :

"It’s strange that it has gotten a heck of a lot attention, but the good news is that I haven’t had to pay too much attention to it. I haven’t heard it, but people are telling me about it. It was unfortunate. Just to tell you in my opinion what happened… Let me give you some background first. In New York City, when we played Ohio State, it was the absolute worst scenario that I’ve ever had to put up with.

“A couple of guys about 10 feet from our bench screamed and yelled at us all night long. Yelled at our players and would say, ‘Deon Thompson – you stink.’ But they didn’t use the word ‘stink.’ Or ‘Dexter Strickland – you stink,’ but they didn’t use the word ‘stink.’ We had to listen to that garbage all night long and we had two different parents that sort of got a little disappointed, a little upset, could have gotten into a confrontation. The security guards did absolutely nothing and it really ticked me off. So I said, ‘I know we have to put up with that on the road, let’s just go.’ We didn’t say anything. Joe Holladay was sitting two or three feet from the guy, but we didn’t say anything whatsoever.

“Saturday night, all of a sudden, some guy stands up and starts yelling at Deon and it came from behind our bench. And you know how when some things happen, you instantly think of something? My first thought was, ‘Now our parents are having to listen to somebody else, and it’s in our own building.’ And so I turned around and I said, ‘Who said that?’ And about 40-50-60-70-80 people started pointing up at this guy. The guy gets up and starts gyrating with his arms and everything like, ‘Yeah, it was me,’ and that kind of thing. And it really did tick me off. I turned and said something to the ushers behind the bench and they started up through there, and I turned around and coached the game. I have no idea what happened. I never turned around to the guy again.

“But my feeling was immediately that our parents who sit right behind our bench have to put up with that stuff again in our own building. So that was it. And after the game, they told me that they had escorted the young man out. Supposedly what had happened was they had asked him for his ticket and he didn’t have a ticket or wasn’t supposed to be sitting in that seat. Supposedly, and I want to emphasis the word supposedly, he didn’t cooperate as much as they wanted, and they chose to take him out.

“Am I disappointed in the whole thing? Yeah, I’m disappointed that it happened. I’m disappointed that I even reacted to it. But again, in our own building, I don’t think that parents ought to have to listen to somebody chastising their son. And whether that’s right or wrong, that’s the way I am. If it’s wrong, it’s wrong. I hate that it happened. I wish that it never happened. Evidently, people have been getting after us all day [on Monday] or getting after me all day. But I tell you what, if that’s the only thing they’ve got to get after me about, I’m a happy young man… If I’m wrong, then that’s good, but I’m not apologizing.”


Since: Mar 19, 2007
Posted on: December 16, 2009 4:08 pm

Roy Williams' (very long) explanation

Umm... there are sportsmanship rules.  And just because you bought a ticket doesn't entitle you to say whatever you want. 

Do I think the dude's behavior was a big deal?  No.  But the University certainly has the right to remove anyone they want from their buildings for any reason they want, or none at all.  That's how it works.  If you don't want to risk getting thrown out, then play nice and don't yell mean things at the home team. 

Roy tends to prefer good sportsmanship.  There were several times that he put the kibosh on students chanting rude things at Allen Fieldhouse to opposing teams, I imagine he hasn't changed much.

Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: December 16, 2009 12:35 am

Roy Williams' (very long) explanation

Fuck Roy Williams.  Can he throw me out for that? Laughing

Since: Feb 8, 2007
Posted on: December 16, 2009 12:31 am

Roy Williams' (very long) explanation

Wow, i watched the video, the guy hardly did anything and security starts shoving him all out the door.

"don't miss it"

then the dude gets kicked out.

I don't care if it's UNC, DUKE, UofL, or my own team, I would be pretty ticked if my own coach did this to another team's fan.
If you payed to get in the building and watch the game, you should get to watch the game.

Ole Roy should be ashamed of himself, abusing power, and the security gaurds.
If i was that dude, i would have fallen over when i got pushed and there would have been some attournies involved.

Since: Apr 8, 2007
Posted on: December 16, 2009 12:10 am

Roy Williams' (very long) explanation

I didn't know it was that easy to get in Roy Williams' head. Somebody says "don't miss it" and he thinks of a game from several weeks ago. wow.

Since: Dec 15, 2009
Posted on: December 15, 2009 6:15 pm

Roy Williams' (very long) explanation

Here's a video of the whole thing:

Not drunk, not fighting back, not being uncooperative. In fact, looked like he was being grabbed by security. Heres a better follow up to this mini possible nonstory (I am a Duke alum so naturally care more about this then it probably warrants). Why do coaches and ADs not realize that in this age there are cameras everywhere. If you make something up, the truth will out.

Since: Jul 23, 2009
Posted on: December 15, 2009 6:14 pm

Roy Williams' (very long) explanation

What ever happened to free speech?  If the guy was spitting out expletives then I could understand.  Next year I guess Roy will just have to throw out Calipari for dropping all the f-bombs in front of the kids.

Since: May 10, 2007
Posted on: December 15, 2009 5:22 pm

Roy Williams' (very long) explanation

I'm sure there are "40-50-60-70-80 people" willing to back William's version of events.

Is he a lawyer on side, or did he have one by his side? That's a heck of an exculpatory story. He has all his bases covered.

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