Former Tar Heel basketball star Rashad McCants may have faced backlash from his former teammates for accusing UNC of academic fraud, but that hasn’t stopped him from speaking out against the university that he says failed him educationally, and the collegiate athletic system that he says exploits athletes.
In a recent interview with Mark Packer on Sirius XM, when asked if he was willing to have a conversation with Chapel Hill regarding his allegations, McCants said he would talk to them if the conversation was about them paying him for the poor education he received.
Packer asked him: “Are you willing to have a conversation with the folks at North Carolina?”
McCants responded: “The question is what are we talking about, honestly. I mean I have a check being written to me from the University of North Carolina for over $10 million due to the exploitation of me as a player and the lack of education that I received. The NCAA has a check for me for over $300 million to help me facilitate these sports education programs across the country. These are things that’s in the works.”
Yes, you read that right. McCants wants to be paid for the poor education he received.
I do applaud McCants to coming out and speaking up against a system that he believes exploits athletes, but I hope he doesn’t hold his breath waiting for UNC to cut him a check. It must also be noted that during his time at UNC he was a willing participant in everything he alleges happened. Now the questions is if his new vocal approach will serve to help those he says he intends it to.