The Tar Heels may have just won another national championship in basketball this year, but not everything is rosy between UNC and one of its former players.
Rashad McCants, a former star shooting guard for the Tar Heels who led them to a national championship over Illinois in 2005, said he has no relationship with his former school or coach Roy Williams.
In 2014, McCants claimed the university kept him eligible through fake classes and minimal attendance. He named Williams as an accomplice. Williams has denied any knowledge of wrongdoing, but McCants maintains his accusations.
"The things he’s done and said and denied, I just can’t respect," McCants, who played for Williams for two seasons, told the Charlotte Observer. "As a coach, he’s a great coach, and he’s deserving of the Hall of Fame and everything that’s coming to him. But as a man, I don’t have anything to say."
McCants was a highly productive college basketball player, which is why the Timberwolves drafted him 14th overall in the 2005 NBA Draft. But he lasted just five seasons in the NBA after failing in Minnesota and Sacramento.
Despite his humble NBA experience, McCants does not visit his home state of North Carolina, and will not put his dispute with his former school to rest.
"Right now," he said, "my name probably is a guy that’s trying to ruin North Carolina."
One of McCants' worst career moves was his highly-publicized relationship with Khloe Kardashian. It led to many doubting his basketball commitment.
"Without that situation in play, I’m a $60 million-$70 million player," McCants said. "Easily."
The touchy situation between McCants and North Carolina may never be resolved, which is a shame considering all the success the two sides shared together.