CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Four University of North Carolina Chapel Hill football players have been suspended.
Head coach Larry Fedora announced Wednesday cornerbacks Des Lawrence, M.J. Stewart, Brian Walker, and linebacker Donnie Miles have been suspended.
Fedora said the suspension means each player will sit out one game for "a violation of team policy."
Fedora stated in a news release, "We hold our players accountable for their actions at all times." He also said, "These players did not meet the high expectations we have for them as members of our program and have been disciplined accordingly. They will not play on Saturday or be on the sideline with their teammates."
The suspensions follows a report of alleged hazing that left a walk-on receiver with a possible concussion.
Team spokesman Kevin Best said in statement Tuesday that the school is conducting "a thorough review" but did not discuss specifics. The statement was released in response to a Yahoo Sports report which stated that the alleged hazing involved several players and resulted in redshirt freshman Jackson Boyer being injured. Yahoo Sports reported the incident occurred in Boyer's room at the hotel where the team stayed for preseason camp. Boyer is a redshirt freshman from Chapel Hill. The school did not identify any players it is investigating and did not confirm it was a hazing incident. The No. 23 Tar Heels host Liberty in their season opener on Saturday.
We do want to point out that a UNC spokesperson did not use the word "hazing" in a statement released to the media.
"We are aware of an incident involving members of the UNC football team that took place earlier this month. We take this allegation seriously and the University is conducting a thorough review."
Kevin Best, Assistant Athletic Director for Communications