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UNC's McCants says he is speaking out for future players

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Former University of North Carolina basketball standout Rashad McCants appeared on the ESPN program “Outside the Lines” Wednesday to discuss his recent allegations against the University and basketball head coach Roy Williams.

On the program, McCants wore a black shirt with white lettering which read “Defend the Student-Athlete.”

“It’s not about the University of North Carolina basketball program,” McCants said, “it’s not about me, it’s about the future generation of all student-athletes.”

When asked for his response to Williams’ saying he could not recall meeting with McCants about changing his grades, McCants held nothing back.

“Maybe he’s getting a little old,” McCants said. “I don’t have any control over what he remembers. All I know is the truth.”

Many UNC athletes, including many of McCants’ teammates on the 2005 UNC national championship team, including Raymond Felton, Sean May, and Marvin Williams, issued a statement earlier this month to USA Today contradicting McCants’ claims.

“We want to state that our personal academic experiences are not consistent with Rashad’s claims,” the players said.

McCants said that those in the statement were out to protect Williams.

“These guys are there to protect Roy and his legacy,” McCants said, “and I’m here to protect the student-athletes.”

This most recent installment of the UNC academic scandal began earlier in June when McCants was interviewed by “Outside the Lines” saying that he participated in fake classes that were designed to keep athletes academically eligible.

While this was not the first time these allegations of academic fraud were made against the University, it was the first time a direct athletic connection with the basketball team was made.

In the interview, McCants said that Williams knew about the “paper classes” at UNC.

McCants also said Wednesday that he believes everyone is accountable for their role in these fake classes, including himself.

“This is a system,” McCants said, “and everybody plays a part in the system.”

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