In 2014, former North Carolina star Rashad McCants said that he took fake classes while at the school, a charge long denied by UNC and head coach Roy Williams.
McCants made the allegations to ESPN's Outside The Lines. After the report, Williams told Jay Bilas that he was in "shock and disbelief" from the allegations coming from one of his best former Tar Heels.
Nearly three years later, and McCants says that not only is his relationship with his coach and alma mater severed, but the Asheville native hasn't been back to his home state in years.
From The Charlotte Observer:
“The things he’s done and said and denied, I just can’t respect,” said McCants, who played for Williams for two seasons. “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.”
But after his public accusations, the Asheville native said he hasn’t been back to his home state in years and has no connection with the university.
“Right now,” he said, “my name probably is a guy that’s trying to ruin North Carolina.”
McCants never turned into an NBA star, but he was a useful player during his five seasons. In 2007-08, he averaged 14.9 points for the Minnesota Timberwolves. In his last NBA season—2008-09—he scored 10.3 points per game for the Sacramento Kings. He certainly wasn't a world beater, but those are numbers solid enough to warrant a longer career. McCants, however, says that he has heard he was blackballed from the league, and he believes his accusations against UNC (and a stint dating Khloe Kardashian) helped end his NBA career.
“I’ve been told, numerous conversations and numerous sources, that I’ve been blackballed,” McCants said. “And it’s just the way the league is sometimes. When one person who is a higher-up, Hall of Famer, says don’t touch him, they won’t. And that’s just how it is.”
“Without that situation in play, I’m a $60-70 million player,” McCants said. “Easily.”
Three years after his comments to "OTL," and McCants is set to play in the "BIG3" three-on-three league featuring other former NBA players like Allen Iverson. Kenyon Martin made McCants the first overall pick in the league's draft.
And in Chapel Hill, there is no real telling when the NCAA will final wrap up its investigation into UNC.