Another source close to the UNC football team is sharing the accounts of the off-the-field incident that could be behind the suspension of four defensive players.
InsideCarolina.com’s Greg Barnes reported Friday afternoon that sources told him “an attempted Gatorade shower” led to the alleged altercation and injury of walk-on redshirt freshman Jackson Boyer. Tuesday evening Yahoo! Sports broke the news of the investigation, which UNC confirmed it was looking into.
Barnes’ sources said the incident took place on August 4 when the team was staying at the Aloft Hotel on NC-54 during training camp. Four teammates reportedly went into the room of Boyer and another teammate with the intention of soaking the walk-on.
Boyer apparently did not take the barrage of players coming at him well, and an altercation developed. He suffered an eye injury and possibly a concussion, according to the sources, but he attended practice the following day.
Fedora was told of the incident two practices later, according to the story. He proceeded to inform athletic director Bubba Cunningham and Chancellor Carol Folt, per University policy, at which time the investigation by the Office of Student Affairs began.
UNC has been silent about any details of the investigation, announcing it would only comment once it had concluded its review. However, Boyer’s brother, Cole went to Twitter Thursday claiming the reports that have emerged were not the whole story. WCHL spoke with its own source Thursday night who said Cole’s claims that UNC has attempted to cover up the story is not true. Cole also claims that 16 or more members of the team were involved in the altercation.