HoopsHype Rashad McCants rumors

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I interviewed Jamison on Thursday before he played in the HoopTee celebrity golf tournament at Ballantyne Country Club that benefited Hornets president Fred Whitfield's "Achievements Unlimited Basketball School" for underprivileged kids. "I just think he's a clown," Jamison said of McCants. "I think he's in a situation where he's looking for attention. It's just sad." Raleigh News & Observer

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McCants told OTL that Williams was aware of classes in the university's African and African American Studies (AFAM) department in which Tar Heels players were not required to attend but only to turn in a paper near the close of the semester. "I strongly disagree with what Rashad has said," Williams said in a statement released by the athletic department. "In no way did I know about or do anything close to what he says, and I think the players whom I have coached over the years will agree with me. "I have spent 63 years on this Earth trying to do things the right way, and the picture he portrays is not fair to the university or me." Sporting News

Sixteen players from North Carolina's 2005 national championship team issued the following statement Friday to the Associated Press responding to former teammate Rashad McCants' allegations of academic misconduct: "We are proud of our accomplishments both on and off the floor at UNC. With conviction, each one of us is proud to say that we attended class and did our own academic work. We want to thank our advisers and counselors who supported us, while also maintaining the integrity of the institution. We also want to make it clear that Coach (Roy) Williams and his staff operated with the highest level of ethics and integrity within their respective roles. We are forever grateful for the lessons we learned on the court, in the classroom and during our time in Chapel Hill. USA Today Sports

June 6, 2014 Updates

McCants told "Outside the Lines" that he could have been academically ineligible to play during the championship season had he not been provided the assistance. Further, he said head basketball coach Roy Williams knew about the "paper-class" system at UNC. The so-called paper classes didn't require students to go to class; rather, students were required to submit only one term paper to receive a grade. ESPN.com

McCants also told "Outside the Lines" that he even made the Dean's List in Spring 2005 despite not attending any of his four classes for which he received straight-A grades. He said advisers and tutors who worked with the basketball program steered him to take the paper classes within the African-American Studies program. ESPN.com

In a statement to "Outside the Lines" on Thursday, UNC athletics director Bubba Cunningham said: "It is disappointing any time a student is dissatisfied with his or her experience. I welcome the opportunity to speak with Rashad McCants about returning to UNC to continue his academic career -- just as we have welcomed many former student-athletes interested in completing their degrees. "The university hired former federal prosecutor Kenneth Wainstein in January to conduct an independent investigation into past academic and athletic irregularities. While these are the first allegations we have heard from Mr. McCants, I encourage him to speak with Mr. Wainstein. ... "I have gotten to know some of Mr. McCants' teammates, and I know that claims about their academic experience have affected them deeply. They are adamant that they had a different experience at UNC-Chapel Hill than has been portrayed by Mr. McCants and others." ESPN.com

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Rashad McCants last played in the NBA as a member of the Sacramento Kings in 2009. He appeared in four games for the Texas Legends of the NBA Development League last season, averaging 19.8 points. On Saturday night, at approximately 10:40 p.m., he walked onto an empty court at the Smith Center with a basketball and a backpack. Three hours after North Carolina completed an overtime win against Davidson, the UNC alum arrived and went through a solo workout that included 3-point practice with a self-rebounding machine. Music from Tupac Shakur and other hip-hop artists played on the arena's sound system. FayObserver.com

January 26, 2013 Updates

This will be your second stint with the Legends. What made you want to come back after a couple years away? Rashad McCants: I'm pretty much embracing the opportunity to get back in the swing of things and get another shot at the NBA. A lot has happened. A lot has changed for me personally. I think I'm more ready now than I ever was physically and mentally to make the necessary adjustments no matter where I play. ... Just growing up, going through life, being a man. Every person goes through growth. ESPN.com

You last played in the NBA in 2009. How hard has that been to accept after you came out of North Carolina with so much fanfare? Rashad McCants: The first couple years it was very difficult, especially not being able to understand why. As I found more of a spiritual peace, I stopped worrying about the whys and the what-ifs and making excuses for myself. I've accepted where I am. To get over these hurdles, I've just got to be persistent and play my game and then the doors and the windows will open. ESPN.com

You had the rep early in your [NBA] career that you were hard to play with. What's your response to that sort of talk now? Rashad McCants: I honestly don't know what to say to that, because [there's] never been a clear understanding where it was coming from. There was this stigma on me, but I don't know who is saying it or where it comes from. The only thing I can do is be the player I've always been and the teammate I've always been. ... For me, I really can't address the things I can't control. The only thing I can do is go out there and be me. ESPN.com

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