Teammates May Have Instigated the Attack.
The University of North Carolina confirmed on Tuesday to Yahoo Sports that it has an ongoing investigation into a football training camp incident between football players that escalated into what multiple sources describe as an alleged hazing into a full assault on a teammate.
"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, North Carolina's assistant athletic director for communications, said in a statement to Yahoo Sports.
Members of the team and coaching staff were not made available to speak with the press on Tuesday because of the ongoing nature of the investigation, Best said.
During the first week of August, redshirt freshman walk-on wide receiver Jackson Boyer was involved in an alleged physical altercation with multiple teammates in his room at the A-Loft hotel in Chapel Hill. The team was staying at the hotel during fall camp, sources told Yahoo Sports. The incident allegedly left Boyer with a concussion, sources said.
When reached for comment last week by Yahoo Sports, Rob Boyer acknowledged that an incident occurred with his son but said, "I'm really not ready to comment on it.
According to the UNC Office of the Dean of Students, the school has a clearly defined policy on hazing: "The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is committed to fostering organizations that provide a positive and safe environment for new and existing members. To that end, UNC expressly prohibits hazing or any activity that puts a student's physical, emotional or psychological health and safety at risk. The Instrument of Student Judicial Governance defines hazing as action, 'that causes or permits an individual, with or without consent, to engage in activities that subject that individual or others to risks of physical injury, mental distress, or personal indignities of a highly offensive nature, in connection with recruitment, initiation, or continued membership in a society, fraternity or sorority, club, or similar organized group, whether or not recognized by the University."
The University has yet to comment on what type of punishment the players will receive if the investigation turns out to align with the reports of an assault. No word has been given by UNC on whether police have been contacted for an investigation into the assault.
The Tar Heels are coming off a 7-6 season during the 2013 football campaign and are entering their third year under head-coach Larry Fedora. North Carolina is set to open the 2014 college footballl season on Saturday at home against Liberty.