Reporting Taylor Zarzour
Roy Williams is many things. He’s one of the most competitive, sensitive, hilarious, corny people I’ve ever met. But he isn’t a liar. Hell, he’s the opposite of dishonest, even sometimes to a fault. I can think of numerous times when he’s said too much.
In the case of explaining why he left the FSU game early on Saturday he did it again. There was no need to spend an entire segment on his talk show explaining his decision. He simply should have said “I asked that the game end with :14 to go so that my team could get to the locker room safely. I didn’t look back and assumed all of my players, including our players on the floor, were coming with me. I didn’t realize the game continued until I watched the tape. While my intentions were good, it probably wasn’t the best way to handle things. That is all.” Instead he spent nearly ten minutes on his talk show passionately defending his decsion, defending his SID, and going through every detail. Again, he was too honest.
But a liar? If you watch the end of the game and how Roy handled all of this you could question many things. Why was he leaving early? How did he think that would send a good message to his team? How could he possibly think this would go over well with fans and the media?
But to suggest he wanted to leave his scrubs on the floor, while he and his best players left early is inaccurate. He emphatically denied that line of thinking on his show, and he deserves to be believed.
If you have proof of Roy being a liar, then come forward and shout it from the mountain top. But if you watch the end of the game I think you will see otherwise. It is more than fair to question his decision to leave, and North Carolina’s performance. But it is totally unfair to call him a liar.
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