Browns WR Greg Little Takes Blame For UNC Scandal
BEREA (92.3 The Fan) – Cleveland Browns receiver Greg Little is no longer welcome at the University of North Carolina.
Little was sent a disassociation letter from North Carolina for his involvement in NCAA violations that led to criminal charges against 5 people for violating the state’s sports agent law and NCAA sanctions against the football program.
On Wednesday Little took responsibility for the University’s decision to ban him and others from the school and football program.
“I think there’s been some wrongful accusing,” Little said. “There’s a lot of people that I’ve hurt, and I think a lot of the blame should be put on me much less than attacking other people.”
Former teammates Marvin Austin and Robert Quinn also received them.
The letters dated Nov. 15 prohibit the players from contacting current UNC athletes, bar them from campus athletic facilities, and prohibit them from providing recruiting or financial assistance for athletics.
“It is what it is,” Little said. “North Carolina’s a great university and I wish things weren’t the way they were and I’ll just continue to support them from afar.”
In the letters to Austin, Little and Quinn, the school said that the permanent disassociation is to prevent them from “further embarrassing” the university and “jeopardizing the University’s commitment to full NCAA rules compliance.”
Although he’s not seen the letter, his agent Michael Johnson — now an employee of Rosenhaus Sports Representation — informed Little that he can expect to receive one.
Johnson, a longtime friend of Little, also received a letter from North Carolina.
The school sent letters to 4 of the 5 people charged in the case barring them from having any contact with UNC athletes or the school’s athletic program.
“I kind of understand what they’re doing,” Little said. They’re just trying to protect the athlete. A lot of the times it’s just self-inflicted. That’s I wish the way they would do it, but I think they’re trying to clean up various other things as well.”
While others have been charged, Little will not face any legal consequences.
“I met with the state of North Carolina a little while ago,” Little said. “They said nothing legal will ever be brought up on you.”
The players missed the 2010 season for accepting improper benefits, including cash and travel accommodations. That led to NCAA sanctions against the program and recent charges against five people for violating the state’s Uniform Athlete Agents Act.
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