Monday’s game between North Carolina and Miami was cancelled after The Daily Tar Heel released a video of Armando Bacot and Day’Ron Sharpe partying maskless after Saturday’s win against Duke.
Tuesday, the program released a statement from the players apologizing for their actions.
“Saturday night, a number of players and managers – not just the ones shown on the video that was seen – got together to celebrate our win at Duke. Our intention was to celebrate privately within our group. Unfortunately, we allowed several friends who are not members of the team to join the gathering. We were inside and not wearing masks, which were mistakes. We apologize for not adhering to the University’s and athletic department’s guidelines and apologize to Coach Williams and his staff for not stepping forward when he first addressed it with us on Sunday. We have worked too hard for eight months doing the right things to make those kinds of mistakes at this point in the season. We are hopeful we will be able to play again soon and wish to remind everyone to stay safe so this pandemic will be over as soon as possible.”
Head coach Roy Williams accepted the apology and praised his players for the way they’ve conducted themselves over the last eight months.
“I appreciate the players voicing their apology. They made a mistake. They’ve been fantastic for more than eight months in the way they have dealt with the whole situation with the virus. But they realize they did make a mistake, for which they are paying a very significant price.”
The Tar Heels are scheduled to take on Virginia Saturday at 6:30pm.