OK, here is the video of Roy Williams pointing out a fan behind the UNC bench in the Tar Heels’ recent easy victory over Presbyterian. There’s a “description” of the, uh, event here, and I’m guessing Roy’s comments about the above video are these (since the audio is so bad):
“I don’t think anybody should yell anything negative at our players. Period. Let’s don’t make it a bigger thing than it is. But I just don’t think anybody should yell negative things toward our players (when) you come in on our tickets to watch our game.”
Williams is getting beat up pretty bad over this, which to me suggests something:
The fan said something more than, “Miss it, Deon.” I know there are people who said that’s all it was, but it’s gotta to be more than that, right?
That said, Williams may have been making a bigger point. Look at the phrase “our tickets.” Roy probably has a pretty good idea who gets/has the seats behind his team’s bench. And if that’s the case, I can see why he doesn’t want to hear anything negative — anything at all — directed toward his players when the seats are choice ones like those.
Williams may — and maybe this is a stretch, ’cause Lord knows, the guy has coached in Cameron — be making a larger point here. Let’s say the seats are in a well-known booster season-ticket section. And a guy comes in on a booster/big-time season-ticket guy’s dime and hollers something at UNC players. Maybe it’s not the most mean-spirited thing in the world to do, but that’s not the point. And Roy got the guy tossed to teach the ticket-holder a lesson.
Does that make it right? Probably not, but then again, I don’t know exactly what the heckler said. None of us do.
And even if it was tame, Williams felt like a point needed to be made. And I guess he made it.
Here is UNC’s response, and I think it’s fair:
“First, Coach Williams didn’t tell security to throw the guy out of the building,” Kirschner wrote. “He asked security to see if that guy had a ticket for that seat because he wanted to know who gave him the ticket to a seat behind our bench. Security tossed him because he appeared to be intoxicated and our security (and Duke’s, Maryland’s NC State’s and pretty much anyone else’s security staffs) eject fans if they think they are.”