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…
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 UNCâ€™s Department of Public Safety.
Iâ€™m no Dudley Do-Right by any stretch of the imagination. The name of my column is â€œNot a Role Model.â€ And I donâ€™t think that Iâ€™m holier than thou.
But still, not once since Iâ€™ve been in Chapel Hill â€” whether it be visiting or living â€” 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 itâ€™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 donâ€™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 â€” 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?