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Report: North Carolina football being investigated for hazing
- Updated: August 26, 2014
Already with an ugly history of academic fraud, illegal benefits, and NCAA sanctions, the University of North Carolina is being investigated again. According to a report from Yahoo! Sports the Tar Heels football team is currently being investigated for an alleged hazing incident.
During the first week of August, redshirt freshman walk-on wide receiver Jackson Boyer was involved in an alleged physical altercation with multiple teammates in his room at the Aloft hotel in Chapel Hill where the team was staying during fall camp, sources told Yahoo Sports. The incident allegedly left Boyer with a concussion, sources said.
While the players have not been named in the incident, nor have any punishments been handed out, North Carolina has a strict policy against hazing.
“The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is committed to fostering organizations that provide a positive and safe environment for new and existing members. To that end, UNC expressly prohibits hazing or any activity that puts a student’s physical, emotional or psychological health and safety at risk. The Instrument of Student Judicial Governance defines hazing as action, ‘that causes or permits an individual, with or without consent, to engage in activities that subject that individual or others to risks of physical injury, mental distress, or personal indignities of a highly offensive nature, in connection with recruitment, initiation, or continued membership in a society, fraternity or sorority, club, or similar organized group, whether or not recognized by the University.’ “
The university has acknowledged the investigation, through the assistant athletic director for communications, Kevin Best.
“We are aware of an incident involving members of the UNC football team that took place earlier this month. We take this allegation seriously and the University is conducting a thorough review”
While this will likely come down to more of a player discipline rather than university, it’s still another ugly situation for the Tar Heels athletic program to deal with.
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