CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- North Carolina coach Roy Williams said on his Monday radio show that he was disgusted with the Tar Heels fans who sold their tickets behind the team bench during UNC’s loss to UNLV over the weekend.
Tuesday, he didn’t back down -- bringing competitive comparisons and a BB gun into his explanation.
“It’s frustrating, it’s disappointing,’’ he said during a news conference. “Do you think ESPN likes Fox to be successful? You think Nike likes Under Armour to be successful? I mean, I’m competing out there. I don’t like our fans to help the other team by either giving or selling their tickets. That’s disappointing. And to do it right beside our families, you know, that’s the biggest thing. And then to have somebody that’s just negative, negative, negative right in five feet of an assistant coach’s wife for two nights.
“You know, you get tired of that. But it’s something that’s always bothered me. It will always bother me. A hundred years ago I’m watching in Lawrence, Kansas, and North Carolina’s playing North Carolina State and there were five million red shirts in the crowd. And if I’d had a BB gun, five million red shirts would have had a burned rear end. Because I just don’t like those kinds of things. I mean, seriously. You guys like it when all the Internet people beat you on a story? That’s what it is. It’s competition. And if you were my friend, you are not going to help the competition.”
Williams, in his burned-rear-end comments, was referring to the UNC-N.C. State game at the Smith Center in 2002, when the Wolfpack beat the Tar Heels in front of a lot of crimson-clad fans.
“Guys, I’m serious,’’ he said. “ I’m in Lawrence, Kansas, watching that game and there was 5,000 red shirts in this arena. That bothers me. And it should bother you. Seriously, you think about it. The Internet people -- you guys enjoy them? Be honest. You don’t enjoy that stuff. Nike does not like Under Armour. Nationwide does not like State Farm. Coca-Cola does not like Pepsi.
“It’s competition. So if you are my friend, then be my friend.”
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