CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – No. 23 North Carolina opens the 2014 season against Liberty at Kenan Stadium on…
Incident Details Emerge
The UNC football team stayed at the hotel for training camp from July 31 until the start of the fall semester on Aug. 19.
On the evening of Aug. 4, four defensive backs – sophomores Des Lawrence and Brian Walker and freshmen Donnie Miles and M.J. Stewart – entered the hotel room of redshirt freshman walk-on receiver Jackson Boyer and his roommate with the intent to douse them, according to a source.
Boyer reacted strongly to the attempt, an altercation ensued and he suffered an eye injury and possibly a concussion, according to sources. Boyer returned to practice the following day.
Chapel Hill Police said no charges have been filed.
UNC head coach Larry Fedora was notified of the incident by players two practices later. Fedora proceeded to investigate the incident as a team matter and met with Boyer to discuss what happened, according to sources.
Fedora forwarded his findings to athletic director Bubba Cunningham and chancellor Carol Folt in accordance with university policy. Parental involvement mandated that the matter be turned over to UNC’s Office of Student Affairs, which has since been in control of the investigation for the last three weeks.
The four defensive backs and Boyer’s roommate have since provided their accounts of the incident to the Office of Student Affairs, according to a source. Boyer declined to testify. He also has not filed a complaint with the University.
Attempts to reach Boyer’s family have been unsuccessful.
Kevin Best, UNC’s Assistant Athletic Director for Communications, released a statement on Tuesday indicating that the university was “aware of an incident involving members of the UNC football team that took place earlier this month.”
UNC officials have declined further comment as the investigation is still ongoing.
Fedora told reporters on Wednesday that Lawrence, Walker, Miles and Stewart had been suspended for one game due to a violation of team policies.
Lawrence and Walker were projected to start at cornerback in UNC's season opener against Liberty on Saturday. Stewart is a backup cornerback and Miles is a backup ram.
InsideCarolina.com Recommended Stories
Davis Eyeing Career TD Mark
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Wide receiver Quinshad Davis’s perseverance throughout a trying 2014 season has the junior just one touchdown reception shy of tying the North Carolina school record.Read More
Amazing Video: Scout's Top Football Recruits
Watch hundreds of incredible profiles of the country's top football recruits in action. For all you recruiting fanatics, it doesn't get any better than this!Read More
ICTV: Marquise Williams Interview
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The quarterback responds to the chatter about his "toughness" and talks about taking on NCSU.Read More
Williams's Toughness Questioned by Wolfpack
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Bowl eligibility has been achieved. ACC division races have been decided. All that's left is the pride and bragging rights that are associated with beating a hated rival, or so it…Read More
Outdoorsman's Gift Guide: Christmas 2014
Finding just the right present for that special someone can be a challenge, so we’ve compiled a wide variety of hunting, fishing and outdoor gifts that you—or Santa—can deliver this Christmas.Read More