Yesterday on ESPN’s “Outside The Lines”, former North Carolina SG Rashad McCants spoke openly about academic fraud during his Tar Heel days (a tenure that included the 2004-2005 National Championship). While it was obviously necessary for the Charlotte Observer to coax a denial out of Roy Williams, their coverage of said accusations included the following, not-biased-at-all observations about McCants, who is described by the paper’s Andrew Carter as a college dropout who may or may not be employed.
During his years at UNC, McCants, who is from Asheville, was known for his grumpy demeanor and for making controversial statements. He once compared playing at UNC to being in prison, and in interviews he often spoke of how he felt he was misunderstood. He wore several tattoos, one of which read, “Born to be hated, dying to be loved.”
Several former UNC basketball players used Twitter to dismiss McCants’ comments. John Henson, who played at UNC from 2009 through 2012, described McCants as “certified bonkers” and “disreputable.”