The Flagship’s finely-tuned PR Machine is back at work after the most recent in a continuing series of incidents deconstructing The Carolina Way into nothing but a giant, hollow lie.
The latest incident alleges that hazing by UNC football players resulted in another player’s concussion.
Concussions are serious. Ordinarily you’d expect outrage and embarrassment from a University that is rightly-considered among the nation’s foremost authorities on concussion research, but if we’ve learned anything over the years, it’s that The Carolina Way allows for neither accountability nor shame.
The University of North Carolina confirmed to Yahoo Sports on Tuesday that it is investigating a training camp incident between football players that escalated from what multiple sources described as an alleged hazing into a group assault of a teammate.
“We are aware of an incident involving members of the UNC football team that took place earlier this month. We take this allegation seriously and the University is conducting a thorough review,” Kevin Best, North Carolina’s assistant athletic director for communications, said in a statement to Yahoo Sports.
Members of the team and coaching staff were not made available for comment Tuesday because of the ongoing nature of the investigation, Best said.
During the first week of August, redshirt freshman walk-on wide receiver Jackson Boyer was involved in an alleged physical altercation with multiple teammates in his room at the Aloft hotel in Chapel Hill where the team was staying during fall camp, sources told Yahoo Sports. The incident allegedly left Boyer with a concussion, sources said.
When reached for comment last week by Yahoo Sports, Rob Boyer, Jackson’s Boyer’s father, acknowledged that an incident occurred with his son but said, “I’m really not ready to comment on it.”
A UNC spokesperson did not use the word “hazing” in a statement to WRAL, commenting, “We are aware of an incident involving members of the UNC football team that took place earlier this month. We take this allegation seriously and the University is conducting a thorough review.”
Tar Heel football coach Larry Fedora had no comment after his radio show Tuesday night. Director of Athletics Bubba Cunningham did not elaborate on the statement from spokesman Kevin Best, telling WRAL’s Jeff Gravley, “We do not comment on on-going investigations.”
One of our readers said it best —
@statefansnation having to go to class isn't hazing
— Greg (@spkr4thedead51) August 27, 2014