Former UNC Star Rashad McCants May Have Derailed Northwestern’s Bid For Unionization

By Max Zelenko
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Who remembers Rashad McCants? If your memory is a little fuzzy, you are definitely not alone. McCants was part of the stellar 2005 national championship team at North Carolina, where he played alongside Sean May, Raymond Felton and Marvin Williams. However, that is not the reason why he is trending all over the internet.

McCants appeared on ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” and discussed how he took sham classes at UNC, along with having tutors write his term papers. Now the question is, how truthful are McCant’s claims? These accusations are as serious as it gets, but it is important to understand the source from where they are coming from.

McCants left UNC after his junior year to pursue an NBA career. However, after being drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2005, he only lasted five seasons. After bouncing around leagues in China and Brazil, as well as the NBDL, the spotlight has been off of McCants for quite sometime. Therefore, with UNC already under an academic investigation, it is tough to decipher what his motives are.

Whatever McCants’ intentions are for coming out now and revealing this information, it could have a lasting effect on something much bigger. Just under two months ago, Northwestern University players cast a legendary vote on whether the school can start developing a union for all of college sports. Even if this combined vote is cast in the affirmative, it could still take a few years for the actual union to form.

Lets say that Northwestern’s majority vote is in favor of unionization. Lets also say that the forming of this union heads to court. After these allegations from a former college standout, who attended one of the most prestigious college basketball schools in the world, how can the idea that college athletes deserve to be paid (because of their crazy school and athletic schedules) be taken seriously?

Lets hope that these revelations are simply accusations and just end there. Lets hope that this is just a former superstar just trying to find his way back into the limelight. However, if evidence shows up and if McCants’ story is confirmed, not only does there need to be a deeper investigation at UNC, but there needs to be a thorough one involving all of college sports.

Max Zelenko is a Philadelphia Eagles writer for Follow him on twitter @maxzelenko, “Like” him on Facebook, or add him to your network on Google.

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