Rashad McCants isn’t backing down with his side of the story claiming the UNC men’s basketball team is connected in the academic scandal, but he says the media is highlighting the wrong part of the story.
“It’s not about me, it’s about the future generation of all student-athletes,” McCants said in an interview with Andy Katz on ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” Wednesday. “I feel like the media’s perpetuating this joust between myself and Roy Williams and the basketball program. It’s not about that.”
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The former UNC men’s basketball star, who was on the 2005 National Championship team, originally appeared on “Outside the Lines” Friday as the first basketball player to address a connection between that sport at UNC and the academic scandal. He was also the first to claim that head coach Roy Williams had knowledge of the issue.
The night following McCants’ interview, 16 former teammates wrote a letter in support of Coach Williams denying any connection.
McCants says those players should be held accountable.
“Show your transcripts,” McCants says.
UNC School of Journalism professor, Charlie Tuggle also said recently on WCHL that those former UNC athletes should release their transcripts to backup their statement: click here.
Former UNC academic advisor, Mary Willingham has also shared that sentiment.
— Mary Willingham (@paperclassinc) April 5, 2014
Wednesday, McCants spread some of the heat out to other members involved as well, saying Coach Williams wasn’t the only one to blame.
“Steve (Delsohn) did not ask how much did I think Matt Doherty knew about these paper classes,” McCants says. “Matt Doherty was the coach before Roy Williams. This doesn’t just hold true to Roy Williams and point the finger at him because he’s a Hall-of-Fame coach. This is a system, and everybody plays a part in the system. So, everybody’s accountable, whether it’s Roy, whether it’s Dean (Smith), whether it’s whoever at any institution.”
While McCants was pointing fingers at those he says were orchestrating the actions, he says he takes responsibility only because of his naivety.
“How much responsibility do you bear in your own admitted academic fraud within this situation?” Katz asks McCants.
“A hundred percent,” McCants responds. “I was a participant, but I was also 17 years old. I was being ushered into a system that I thought was a part of the system.”