13 UNC football players suspended for selling team-issued shoes


North Carolina has identified 13 football players suspended after they sold team-issued shoes, the University announced Monday. 

A total of 150 pairs of the team-issued shoes were distributed with 15 of those being sold. 

Nine of those 15 are still missing.

Documents released by the University show two players sold UNC Retro Air Jordan 3’s to a shoe boutique in Raleigh for $2,300 and $2,500. 

The document is in response to a public record request by the Associated Press. 

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On January 12, a Greensboro shoe boutique posted about the shoes on Instagram saying the shoes were for sale for $3,500. 

The next day, the University began to require student-athletes to return the UNC Retro Air Jordan 3’s issued by the football equipment staff, the documents show. 

By January 16, 92 of the 101 issued shoes had been accounted for. 

On January 22, the owner of the Raleigh shoe boutique said he had purchased shoes for $2,500 but hadn’t purchased other apparel from UNC student-athletes. 

He did say he had purchased university-issued equipment from student-athletes from Michigan, California-Berkeley, and Marquette. 

The document shows the boutique refunded the money for the shoes. 

The following players have been suspended four games: 

  • Offensive lineman Brian Anderson
  • Defensive end Malik Carney 
  • Wide receiver Beau Corrales
  • Defensive end Tomon Fox
  • Defensive end Tyrone Hopper
  • Offensive lineman Quiron Johnson
  • Linebacker Malik Robinson
  • Quarterback Chazz Surratt 
  • Offensive lineman Jordan Tucker 

Defensive backs Greg Ross and Tre Shaw have been suspended two games.

Quarterback Jack Davidson and offensive lineman Jonah Melton are facing a one-game suspension.  

Defensive end Malik Carney was the only suspended player who spoke with reporters Monday after the school’s announcement that several players had been sidelined.

Carney says he was “obviously disappointed” and that he apologized to the team for committing the secondary NCAA violation.

Asked if he knew selling the pair of shoes was improper, Carney said, “In the moment like that, you’re not really thinking about the consequences.” Carney declined to talk about specifics of the transaction.

The NCAA is allowing UNC to stagger suspensions due to multiple players at the same position being suspended. 

Carney will sit games against ECU, UCF, Pittsburgh and Virginia Tech, while Fox will sit against Miami, Syracuse, Virginia and Georgia Tech.

All other suspensions will begin with the Tar Heels’ game at Cal on Sept. 1. 

“I am certainly upset by our players’ actions and how their choices reflect on them, our program and the University,” head coach Larry Fedora said. “These young men knew the rules and are being held responsible for the poor choices they have made.”
“We are disappointed,” director of athletics Bubba Cunningham said. “Chancellor Folt, Coach Fedora and I have high expectations of all of our students, coaches and staff, and we expect everyone to embrace and abide by all team and NCAA rules. We always will strive to get better.”

UNC said it self-reported the secondary violations to the NCAA. 

The suspended players will be allowed practice and attend meetings and continue strength and conditioning training.

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