13 UNC players suspended for up to 4 games after selling Jordans given to them by football program. QB Chazz Surratt suspended for 4 games.
UNC to suspend 13 football players for up to four games each for selling sneakers. One had a chance to start at quarterback. https://t.co/fRmUXtI3n4
— Mike Persinger (@mikepersinger) August 6, 2018
From the school’s statement:
Very bad news for UNC with 13 players suspended pic.twitter.com/09WC1C59KE
— Brant Wilkerson-New (@BrantGNR) August 6, 2018
UNC’s recent switch to Nike’s Jordan Brand likely made Heels team gear that much more enticing:
UNC announced the arrival of exclusive Air Jordan 3s in a Jan. 11 Instagram post. When asked in the comments section when the shoes would go on sale to the general public, a reply by the program’s equipment staff indicated the shoes were a team-issued item only and would not be available at retail.
Per NCAA rules, players aren’t allowed to sell gear, and most other regular-person methods of making money are also forbidden.
This comes shortly after head coach Larry Fedora went a little overboard in his defense of football’s rules, becoming something of a national laughingstock for a day or two.
Larry Fedora Say the Downfall of Football Will Mark the Decline of the United States https://t.co/T5DnqH8J8C
— SportsGossip.com (@sportsgossip) July 18, 2018
Looks like this won’t be the Tarheels year.