13 players on the North Carolina football roster have been suspended for selling team-issued Air Jordan PEs, as ESPN reports. Suspensions range from one game to four games of the upcoming season.
“I am certainly upset by our players’ actions and how their choices reflect on them, our program and the University,” coach Larry Fedora said in a statement. “These young men knew the rules and are being held responsible for the poor choices they have made. Accountability is an important core principle in this program. We will learn from this and aim to do better in the future.”
The suspensions put the team’s quarterback competition into a new space entering the season and also amass multiple players who share the same position. Because of the latter, the NCAA approved a request to stagger the suspensions over the course of the season.
UNC self-reported the violation in January which is curious because that was the same month the team was gifted Air Jordan 3 PEs — a pretty quick timetable to receive shoes, sell them and have them self-reported. No information has been reported in regards to which exact shoes were sold.