DTH > Deunta Williams on culture of flippancy

At almost the exact moment that UNC athlete, Deunta Williams, was tweeting his warped view that everybody else must also behave with irresponsibility, immaturity and entitlement…

Link to Tweet:

To all those concerned about these parking tickets… How bout we air out all of your traffic violations and then talk about it publicly

The Daily Tarheel’s Jonathan Jones was making the case that about 90% of the world would share while looking at some of the recent UNC scandal news through a lense of common sense. (Link)

I guess you can tell whose point of view I respect and can identify with.

Full disclosure: I have never been ticketed by UNC’s Department of Public Safety.

I’m no Dudley Do-Right by any stretch of the imagination. The name of my column is “Not a Role Model.” And I don’t think that I’m holier than thou.

But still, not once since I’ve been in Chapel Hill — whether it be visiting or living — have I been ticketed.

Yet, during the course of 41 months, fewer than 12 UNC football players were able to rack up 395 tickets totaling more than $13,000. At first glance it’s a staggering stat. Then I measure it down to about one ticket per one athlete per month.

Then I realized I have none.

The documents released Thursday that The Daily Tar Heel fought so hard to make public don’t explicitly show a big-time agent buying cars for UNC football players. Oh wait, did you think they were supposed to?

These documents highlight a culture at UNC that extends beyond a dysfunctional ticketing process that allows for a ratio of about one towed or booted car for every 40 tickets. They subtly show the flippancy former and current football players have toward authority outside the Kenan Football Center.

Sure, some of these tickets are trivial — an unpaid meter here, a permit turned the wrong way there. Then you get seven tickets for blocking handicap spots and one player with at least 93 tickets to his name.

Numbers like that prove there were some players who thought they were untouchable.

And they were never given a reason to think otherwise. There are still 30 tickets out of the bunch that remain unpaid. Players included in the records owe at least $1,715 in unpaid fines, meaning the football team might as well throw the next DPS Christmas Party at the Carolina Inn.

And who should be the guest of honor? None other than Greg Little, who is as gifted athletically as he is verbally. The former UNC wide receiver who would be ruled permanently ineligible by the NCAA for violating rules on preferential treatment and ethical conduct was recently drafted in the second round of the NFL draft and will make a lot more money than I do.

That could explain his glib apology at UNC Pro Day when he discussed the regret for his transgressions against the University and his teammates.

For the record…I like Deunta’s idea of full disclosing everyone’ parking records! In good faith…I will start and look forward to getting FULL disclosure of ALL of the athletes in Chapel Hill in return.

In the between the lines below is a copy of all of the parking citation for the 15 authors of StateFansNation:

Cool! What do we ALL want to share next?

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39 Responses to DTH > Deunta Williams on culture of flippancy

  1. Old MacDonald 06/17/2011 at 12:17 PM #

    Everyone does it. It will all be over by Friday.

  2. Clarksa 06/17/2011 at 12:20 PM #

    I man up…I probably had $100 worth of parking tickets in my 5 years…two cars and one license plate.

  3. OldWuf 06/17/2011 at 12:21 PM #

    Ouch! More of this and things might get tough for Butchie. I’m starting to wonder if Butch is holding naked pictures of Roy with a Duke administrator or something.

  4. WV Wolf 06/17/2011 at 12:24 PM #

    I got one parking ticket on State’s campus for not having a permit in a Pontiac Grand Am. I paid the ticket. The End.

  5. Hungwolf 06/17/2011 at 12:27 PM #

    Traffic violations, arrest records, criminal records, etc. are all public knowledge. Ever been in civil or family court and you will find everything is public knowledge through discovery etc. So I never understood the argument that traffic tickets are not public knowledge especially considering they happened on public property, by athletes enrolled at a public school, who were getting free education from scholarships that the state of North Carolina had legally discounted the tution for.

  6. Old MacDonald 06/17/2011 at 12:29 PM #

    Never had a parking ticket. Got a “warning ticket” once for speeding –Trooper told me I could throw it away when I got to wherever I was going.


  7. IamGumbyDammit 06/17/2011 at 12:29 PM #

    Duenta Williams tweeted:

    deunta_910 IamDEUNTA!!
    When I signed my letter of intent to come to college I saw it as a chance to better my life not to be under constant criticism.

    Hey Duenta, we don’t give a rat’s butt what you saw it as when you signed your LOI – we want to know what did you see it as when you cheated and broke NCAA rules? Or was that what you meant by “a chance to better …(your) life”?

  8. Sweet jumper 06/17/2011 at 12:30 PM #

    The “everyone else does it” defense did not work for us in the late 80’s ticket and shoe selling scam, and it certainly will not work for UNX in the LOIC scandal. A member of the State team in the late 80’s told me that the UNX, Dook and State players all talked about selling tix and shoes when they socialized during summer league games, but alas we were the only ones under investigation. Deal with it ‘holes, the worst is yet to come.

  9. PackMan97 06/17/2011 at 12:32 PM #

    Full Public Disclosure. I like it. Below I list all parking tickets during my five(5) years at NC State:

    [crickets chirp]

    Ok, there we have it. I managed to get through five years without a single parking ticket. Now I do have a friend who racked up quite a few trying to sneak into a parking deck without a permit. It was a 50/50 shot whether they’d get through the semester with more in parking tickets than a parking permit would have cost. That’s a pretty interesting risk/reward scenario there.

  10. PackWolf82 06/17/2011 at 12:50 PM #

    I never received a parking ticket in 4 years as a student at State, 2 years in Grad School at Clemson, 1/2 a year as an employee at State, and I’ve had numerous visits near campus at UNX (unfortunately) that never earned me a parking ticket. My first ever parking ticket came in my 2nd year of employment at Wake Forest Univ. and I was parked in the same spot I always do with a valid permit, so it was overthrown. Give me a break Deunta! I go out of my way to not park illegally!

  11. 1.21 Jigawatts 06/17/2011 at 1:09 PM #

    Zip, Zero, Zilch, Nada, Goose egg, Nuh-thing.

    Yup, that’s how many parking tickets I’ve received since attending/visiting NC State University since 1993.

  12. tann84 06/17/2011 at 1:10 PM #

    I’ve racked up 200 dollars worth of parking tickets in 4 years as an undergrad and grad student at a&t. Well worth it since it cost 200 dollars for a parking ticket per year. I couldn’t imagine racking up 1000 dollars though. You have to go out of your way to do that.

  13. tann84 06/17/2011 at 1:11 PM #

    oh btw I had to pay for the tickets that semester since they put a hold on my account so I couldn’t register for the next one… hint… hint…

  14. TruthBKnown Returns 06/17/2011 at 1:40 PM #

    Is it just me, or does every time a UNX player or official open their mouth, they just further incriminate themselves?

  15. highstick 06/17/2011 at 1:55 PM #

    During my entire time at State(4 1/2 years including summer sessions), I never had a parking ticket on campus. I remember a City of Raleigh parking ticket one time, but that may have been after I graduated and was working in Raleigh. In my time in grad school at East Carolina, I never got a parking ticket.

    I did get one 2 years ago on the USC-Lancaster campus, but they tore it up when they found out that I was working on consulting project on campus and hired by the university.

    BUT, I did get my car KEYED in Chapel Hill two years ago. Does that count??

  16. packpowerfan 06/17/2011 at 1:56 PM #

    Let’s see…I was a NC FFA State Officer my Freshman year, and had to park on campus A LOT for office work. No parking pass. I got a total of ~$300 the entirety of that year. I paid them all within a week of receiving them. Oh, and half that was one ticket when I brought a suitemate home from the hospital, had to carry him up the stairs in Bragaw to his room. Had my car in a handicapped spot for maybe five minutes. Showed the Transpo office his medical release record and had it reduced.

    Finishing up school in December, and I haven’t received a ticket in the 4 and a half years since.

  17. MrPlywood 06/17/2011 at 2:13 PM #

    LMAO – on the ESPN thread concerning this story, so many UNX fans are writing about how they got $500 to $1000 in tickets while going to school, it’s nothing, everyone does it, etc., etc. They are truly delusional.

    For myself, I got one ticket that I can remember. I couldn’t afford to get any more!

  18. runwiththepack 06/17/2011 at 2:15 PM #

    highstick, you must have had a NCSU sticker on your car when you were keyed in Chapel Hill, right? Classy Chapel Hill.

    Sweetjumper, I hope you’re right, but I’m bracing myself for a huge disappointment when the punishment is administered. I don’t know how much the two can be compared, but when NCSU’s basketball was eviscerated, it was for a lot less than what the UNC-CHeaters have done. Still, I fear that they will be praised for being “cooperative” about their program losing institutional control.

    Wasn’t Al Capone cooperative when he was arrested?

    I commuted to campus for 4.5 years, and only got one ticket a year, on average. Couldn’t afford many of them, and didn’t want to be inconsiderate towards my beloved fellow wolfpackers, either.

  19. packpowerfan 06/17/2011 at 2:15 PM #

    ^Exactly! The only way I was able to pay those tickets Freshman year was from my officer mileage stipend. Now I’m working at ValPark 5 days a week, and I can barely pay for bread to make sandwiches. Oh, the life that these Carolwhina kids live…must me nice.

  20. TruthBKnown Returns 06/17/2011 at 2:30 PM #

    The funny thing is, this is not so much about the parking tickets. Who cares if someone gets a parking ticket or hundred of them, as long as everything is legit and they pay for them with their own money.

    The problem is all the OTHER questions that arise from this, the multiple license plates being used on the same car, verifying who OWNS the cars they were driving, determining whether or not they were allowed to enroll in a semester when they still had outstanding unpaid parking tickets.

    It’s everything BUT the parking tickets that are the problem.

    The Holes just don’t get it. This is just another example of how they bury their heads in the sand.

  21. Tampa-Pack 06/17/2011 at 2:32 PM #

    Ok, I must be honest, I got 94 parking tickets during my four years at State. I got those tickets on four different cars (what YOU didn’t get a new car EVERY year) with a total of 16 different license plates (I couldn’t make up my mind). Everyone is doing it guys [/sarcasm]

    Seriously, 4 years, 2 summer sessions, no tickets, EVER.

  22. hammerpack 06/17/2011 at 2:36 PM #

    Tickets? Are you guys kidding???

    When I was at NCSU a ticket was only good for 15 minutes, then they towed your freaking car!

    The campus police were always followed by a tow truck and when they found a car in violation, the tow truck driver would stand and wait until the 15 minutes were up then towed it away!

    I watched this many times from the balcony at Lee dorm!!!


  23. BJD95 06/17/2011 at 3:00 PM #

    Ah, this clown is the gift that keeps on giving. Same asshole who said their two cheap shots against us were retaliation for us spitting on them. I hope he keeps on talking. What a fuckwit.

  24. IMFletcherWolf 06/17/2011 at 3:06 PM #

    I had 2 tickets in 4 years. Both were for parking in the Dan Allen deck when my permit was for Reynolds. I think I had a class in Nelson and didn’t want to walk all the way across campus. Oh, and I paid each of them.

  25. PackerInRussia 06/17/2011 at 3:06 PM #

    In my 4 years, I got one ticket my senior year for parking on the grass in the lot where I was actually allowed to park but where there was never any space. That was deterrent enough for me to make sure I didn’t get anymore, though. $50 can be a lot for a college student. I guess not every college student, though.
    I remember my roommate would park out on the street overnight in front of Turlington, then every day before 6 or 7AM (whatever time it became illegal to park there w/o a pass), he’d move his car to the pay lot and leave it there till 5PM when they stopped charging. Technically he was able to park for free by working the system, but getting up at the crack of dawn to move your car every day was too steep a price for me.

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