Charlotte player fires back at school, raises doubts about reasoning for canceled UNC game
A Charlotte player has taken issue with the reasoning for why his team’s game against North Carolina this week was canceled.
Justin Jeffery, a redshirt sophomore, tweeted a statement in response to the team’s announcement that the game was called off, and raised false positives as an unreported issue.
“Every positive test that we have had has come back as a false positive,” he wrote and posted to Twitter. “That’s the information that they won’t release. Why won’t they release this info? Because they want to invoke fear, so we won’t play.”
Jeffery added that the state of North Carolina doesn’t believe in false positives, and that eventually, everyone will test positive (false positive) or at least get contact traced.
According to the school, the decision was made because several members of the offensive line were placed into quarantine following the university’s COVID-19 contact tracing protocols, effectively depleting that unit.
“We’re extremely disappointed to have to cancel our game at North Carolina. While I know our team is heartbroken, due to the number of players in quarantine, we could not safely play,” said Athletic Director Mike Hill. “We very much appreciate the University of North Carolina working with us to schedule this game.”
As of Monday, Sept. 14, a total of 3,150 tests have been administered for our student-athletes, coaches and staff since June 10. A total of 20 positive cases have been reported. On Monday, 200 tests were administered with one positive.
This announcement does not impact the status of the home opener versus Georgia State scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 26.
— Justin Jeffery (@The_JET_5) September 17, 2020