"I apologize to my teammates, the coaching staff, and the University for the poor decision I made to allow my likeness to be used in the promotion of a party given by a family member while still a part of the Carolina football team," said Jones. "I should have asked the coaching staff or administration before allowing this to happen. I was wrong and the party is cancelled. I'm sorry for being a distraction to our team and taking the focus away from our preparation for the Independence Bowl."
Jones was named second-team All-ACC, leading the conference in receiving touchdowns (11) and total receptions (79). He finished the regular season with 1,119 yards and averaged 93.2 yards per game. His 79 receptions are the seventh-highest single-season total in ACC history.
"Coach Withers and I met, and Dwight realizes he made a mistake," said UNC athletics director Bubba Cunningham. "Dwight has cancelled the party and we have submitted a reinstatement request with the NCAA."
UNC's compliance office also has sent a cease-and-desist letter to the party promoters.
North Carolina plays Missouri in the AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl on Monday, Dec. 26. The team departs for Shreveport on Thursday, Dec. 22.