We’ve had our fun with McCants over the years. He’s always been a little bit…off. His Hollywood aspirations were bizarre, his rap videos were a little bit sad, and his exaggerated claims of being able to play in the NBA if he wanted to just made him seem like someone who was completely out of touch with reality.
Well, now he’s done it. For whatever reason, McCants decided to throw another log on the fire with the academic scandal. I guess he hasn’t been getting enough attention lately, so he’s been spouting off, telling ESPN that he never went to class, had tutors write his papers and should have been academically ineligible to play in 2005, when Carolina won the national championship. McCants also claims the coaches and university knew about all the illegal help he was getting.
“I thought it was a part of the college experience, just like watching it on a movie from ‘He Got Game’ or ‘Blue Chips,'” McCants said. “… when you get to college, you don’t go to class, you don’t do nothing, you just show up and play. That’s exactly how it was, you know, and I think that was the tradition of college basketball, or college, period, any sport. You’re not there to get an education, though they tell you that.
“You’re there to make revenue for the college. You’re there to put fans in the seats. You’re there to bring prestige to the university by winning games.”
Are we honestly going to take the word of someone who dated a frickin’ Kardashian?
Of course, the university and former players have had a lot to say about this. UNC athletics director Bubba Cunningham said: “It is disappointing any time a student is dissatisfied with his or her experience. I welcome the opportunity to speak with Rashad McCants about returning to UNC to continue his academic career — just as we have welcomed many former student-athletes interested in completing their degrees.”
Crazy that someone so disreputable would try to tarnish something so special.
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— Leslie McDonald (@Lezz_McDonald2) June 6, 2014
I cant run w/the athletes that have everything laid in their laps to go w/ their entitlement then go full Nicky Barnes when not an NBA star.
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— Matt Doherty (@DohertyMatt) June 6, 2014
Eric Spoelstra to McCants: "[T]he teams you have played on have nothing good at all to say about you." http://t.co/l7cNPxmnrp
— Raising Heel (@Raising_Heel) June 6, 2014
@jjones9 Mccants is just salty that Roy wouldn't lie to NBA GM's about him
— Daniel Bolick (@Yellow_Mamba_) June 6, 2014
Rashad McCants is out of his mind.
— Wayne Ellington (@WayneElli22) June 6, 2014