CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Will Graves, a former UNC basketball player, is facing charges after police found drugs at a home owned by Coach Roy Williams.
Officers cited Graves on Dec. 6. He is facing two charges: Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Police found 4.4 grams of marijuana, marijuana seeds, three marijuana blunts and two burnt marijuana blunts in the home.
A UNC spokesperson told WFMY News 2's Liz Crawford that Williams is disappointed. Graves was renting the home while working as a part-time video coordinator for the team.
Graves attended Dudley High School in Greensboro before he played for the UNC men's basketball team. The school dismissed him from the team in 2010, during his fifth year, for not complying with team rules.
On Friday, the UNC spokesperson said coach and staff always encouraged Graves to finish his degree, which is why he was renting the home while attending school. He was renting the home through this Sunday.
According to the spokesperson, Williams has rented his home to people in the Tarheel family before - including a former player while his wife got treatment at UNC Hospitals.
WFMY received a statement from Will Graves:
I would like to offer my sincerest apologies to Coach Williams, his family, and the University of North Carolina as well as my own family and friends for the negative attention I have brought upon them. I can blame only myself for my own stupid actions. Coach Williams has stood up for me on numerous occasions and it causes me great turmoil to let him down in this way. He gave me an opportunity to finish my degree this semester and I have successfully achieved that goal, which was a lifelong dream for my family and me. Unfortunately, I have no urge to celebrate that accomplishment because of the situation I brought upon myself. I understand my actions were wrong and I take full and complete responsibility for them and am extremely remorseful for that. I plan on continuing to pursue my career as a professional basketball player and again wish to send my most sincere apologies to Coach Williams, the Carolina family and my family, as well.
Forever a Tar Heel,
WFMY News 2 talked to Will Graves' cousin, Kevin Graves. Kevin had not heard about the drug charges until we told him. Kevin said regardless, his cousin is a great person and he respects him.
Kevin Graves said, "He made some mistakes. He had to pay a price for whatever happened when he was in school for those mistakes and now he's moving on and I'm pretty sure when he graduates on Sunday he'll go back overseas because he's still capable of playing professional basketball."
Chapel Hill Police