Former UNC athletes take to Twitter to gain support for lawsuit

Posted January 27, 2015
Updated January 28, 2015

— Two former University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill student-athletes who are suing the school and the NCAA to ensure other student-athletes receive a proper education took to Twitter on Tuesday to garner support for their case.

“We must stand strong so that we can be seen as more than just mere athletes,” Rashanda McCants, a former UNC basketball player, wrote in a message posted on the social media website. “We are humans; we have voices; and, although we all love our school, we also love ourselves and the dignity we built within our own right.”

McCants added that she did everything that was asked of her, on and off the court.

“But the university and the NCAA failed to keep their promise to me and other college athletes, and in turn, we seek justice,” she wrote.

Devon Ramsay, a former UNC football player, shared McCants’ sentiments.

McCants and Ramsay filed a 100-page class-action lawsuit last week alleging that the NCAA and its member institutions breached their duties to student-athletes "in spectacular fashion," highlighting the no-show class scandal at UNC-Chapel Hill. The suit seeks educational reforms, including an independent committee in the NCAA to ensure athletes get a proper education, as well as financial compensation for the athletes.

"They are making millions and millions of dollars for all of these colleges, and the question is, what are (the students) entitled to as part of this scholarship agreement?" said Raleigh attorney Bob Orr, who is representing the athletes, after the suit was filed.

Ramsey was kicked off the football team in 2010 for getting improper help from a tutor, but was allowed back on the team after his attorney convinced the NCAA he'd done nothing wrong.

In July, he testified in a U.S. Senate hearing about college athletics.

"I've come to realize that there's a void in college athletics," Ramsey told senators. "The NCAA, as an institution, no longer protects the student-athlete. They're more concerned with signage and profit margins."

Ramsey expanded more on those thoughts on Twitter.

“Unfortunately, these aren’t just isolated incidents that occurred at UNC,” he wrote. “This is a national problem, one that continually surfaces at some of the most prestigious programs in the country.”

Neither UNC nor the NCAA have commented on the lawsuit.


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  • Objective Scientist Jan 28, 2015

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    If someone does little to nothing to help themselves... do they deserve a "level playing field" supposedly created by quotas? I got quite an "education" when, during my Jr. High years, I worked weekends at a "country store" in a very small rural community. Some folks came, not to shop, as much as just "hang out" and "chew the fat, shoot the breeze, etc.". As I did my work I was often close enough to hear conversations. How about this one? Person A: "I had a job opportunity last week, but turned it down." Person B: "Why"? A: "Well, it would only pay me $20 a week more than what I get from unemployment and/or welfare. I'm not working for only $20 more dollars a week!" Does someone with that attitude deserve to have a field made level for them... and "bumped to the head of the line" ahead of anyone?

  • taaaaaheel Jan 28, 2015

    "You know the classics." - heelsforever
    For me, Budd Schulberg's 1957 classic story, A Face In The Crowd, was one of Andy Griffith's
    best screen performances. Great actor, UNC graduate of '49 and loved N.C.

  • heelsforever Jan 28, 2015

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    Sure. They help level the playing field where it really life.

  • heelsforever Jan 28, 2015

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    You know the classics.

  • eoglane Jan 28, 2015

    Point is if a kid cannot pass high school, they do not play college ball. Keep them out unless they take the time to study and make the grade in school. Could not spell (I) when you left high school and want a master degree, come on.

  • Alex Branoff Jan 28, 2015
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    Some people think a UNC education don't be like it is.....but it DUE

  • Alex Branoff Jan 28, 2015
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    Roy Knew

  • Hammerhead Jan 28, 2015

    I'd like to sue my high school for not pushing me harder and letting me screw around so I could get into a better university and get a better job after graduation.

  • UNC Athalete Jan 28, 2015

    ay yo I know what I did too. I had the tudors help me. They helped me get dis great degree.

  • TeaBagOnLove Jan 28, 2015

    These guys knew exactly what they were doing when they did not go to classes or had other people do their work. To come back now and claim that they needed people to protect them from themselves..... Then at the same time claim that they were treated like slaves and forced to go to classes...

    They made bad decisions and have to live with it.