Thursday, July 10, 2014

Antawn Jamison calls Rashad McCants a clown




Former North Carolina basketball star Antawn Jamison called Rashad McCants a "clown" Thursday in an interview and also said he would like to finish his NBA career with the Charlotte Hornets.

Jamison, who starred for UNC from 1995-98 and had his number retired by the school, did not overlap at UNC with McCants. But Jamison said he got to know McCants a little over the years when he went back over the summers to Chapel Hill and always noticed both McCants' talent and his lack of focus.

McCants, a star on UNC's 2005 national championship team, has alleged in two ESPN television interviews that he saw a variety of academic misconduct at UNC. He has said that tutors frequently wrote his papers, that he only went to class about half the time and that coach Roy Williams knew about the no-show courses McCants took in the African and Afro-American Studies Department (Williams has strongly denied that allegation).

I interviewed Jamison Thursday before he played in a celebrity golf tournament at Ballantyne that benefited Hornets president Fred Whitfield's "Achievements Unlimited Basketball School" for underprivileged kids.

"I just think he's a clown," Jamison said of McCants. "I think he's in a situation where he's looking for attention. It's just sad."

Jamison left a year early for the NBA draft but earned his degree from UNC by going to summer school. He said McCants was trying to "throw a black cloud over everyone who's done it the right way."

"I worked and I earned everything I've ever done," said Jamison, who majored in African American studies and said all his classes were legitimate. He also said of McCants: "Rashad's a good cat.... I just think he's searching.... But don't try to bring down a university because you don't have a good relationship with the coaching staff."

Jamison, 38, is a 16-year NBA veteran who grew up in Charlotte and went to Providence High. He most recently played for the L.A. Clippers last season, although he was not on an NBA roster at the end of the season.

"I still have a lot left in the tank," Jamison said. "I'm trying to play at least another year. Right now I guess we're waiting on the dominoes to fall."

Jamison, a power forward with a career 34.6 three-point percentage, said his agent has reached out to the Hornets about the possibility of a roster spot this coming season but not gotten a definitive answer back. "All they need is a nice 16-year veteran like myself," Jamison said with a laugh. "It'd be good to finish out here."

23 comments:

Youngbutnotstupid said...

Nobody but the same ole same ole's who live in their mom's basement and chat all day on wolkpackkooks.com thought McCants statements had any truth to them anyway. Even the NCAA laughed at him and told him to get a life. Enjoy your future McCants, and I TOLD YOU I WANTED NO SALT ON THOSE FRIES!!!

Anonymous said...

So did Antawn also "take" the fraudulent AFAM classes? Does ANYONE associated with Chapel Hill have any integrity?

Anonymous said...

Ad hominem attacks left and right coming from former UNC players. Jose Canseco was also a clown...but he was RIGHT. I believe McCants isn't lying either, especially considering the OVERWHELMING amount of evidence that jives with the stories he tells. But let's just ignore the obvious pressing issue and attack Rashaad McCants.

Anonymous said...

IF I COULD LIKE THE COMMENT ABOVE I WOULD. .
HA

BUT MCCANTS I USE TO LIKE YOU, BUT DOING THIS IN THE FORM AND FASHION THAT YOU ARE DOING IT JUST SAD. REAL SAD. I LOST ALL RESPECT FOR YOU.

JUST AS ANY HIGH SCHOOL, EVERYBODY KNOWS THAT STAR PLAYERS GET EXTRA ATTENTION AND BREAKS. ALL BECAUSE YOU COULDNT USE THAT TO YOUR AVANTAGE DOESN'T MEAN TO TAKE OTHERS DOWN. EVERY SINGLE SCHOOL ACROSS THE NATION HAS SOME STAR THAT GOT THE BENEFITS, IF YOU FELT THAT STRONG ABOUT YOUR EDUCATION YOU WOULD HAVE WENT BACK OR TO ANOTHER SCHOOL FOR THAT FACT NOT GO ON TV AND TRY TO DOWN THE SCHOOL. GET REAL.

Omar said...

The only clown is Jamison if he thinks the Hornets need him on the team I remember when he was free agent and he choose the Lakers in pursuit of a ring over the home team now that he is all washed up he wants to come home no thanks.

Anonymous said...

No thanks Antwan. When we needed you, you chose to go be apart of that Lakers disaster team with Dwight Howard. Now at nearly age 40, you are calling the Hornets to get a spot. You've got to be kidding me. Give me a young MKG and that hideous jump shot every single day of the week. We have moved on.

Anonymous said...

Ok 'Tawn, Rashad showed the world his transcript, now you show us yours and we can all decide who the clown is. I would bet that some of the classes that are on your transcript have been flagged as fraudulent. Oh yeah, the Hornets don't want or need your washed up self. That ship has sailed.

Anonymous said...

Omar, the past is in the past. I would welcome Antawn to the Hornets. Besides, it would be a second alumnus of the Tar Heels with a retired number. That definitely is remarkable.

Anonymous said...

Trashing AJ is laughable....let each man stand on his record.

End of subject,

David I said...

Scott, in all fairness in your third paragraph where you recounted McCants' allegations against UNC, why did you omit the cash he is wanting from UNC and the NCAA, $10 million and $300 million respectively? Don't you think that is just as relevant to this story as everything else you did in fact recount? Just curious.

Garth Vader said...

Here is Rashad McCants's pro career:

Minnesota Timberwolves- 2005-2009, 14th Pick in the NBA Draft, 9.2 ppg, traded.

Sacramento Kings- 2008-2009, 10.3 ppg, contract not renewed.

Houston Rockets- 2009, waived after 2 days.

Dallas Mavericks- 2010, waived from training camp roster.

Texas Legends- 2011, 14.4 ppg, left to play overseas

Caciques de Humacao- 2012, 18 ppg, waived after 6 games.

Piratas de Quebradillas- 2012, 0 ppg, waived after 4 minutes of play.

Powerade Tigers- 2012, 25 ppg, waived after 2 games.

Foshan Long Lions- 2013, 19.8 ppg, waived after 17 games.

Texas Legends- 2013, 19.75 ppg, waived after 4 games.

Uberlândia- 2014, 11.9 ppg

There has never been a question about his basketball talent. But you have to ask yourself, why did he always get waived, even when averaging ~ 20 points a game?

This problem in his head goes back to his college days, when Kelvin Sampson cut him from an all-star team for "teammate issues" despite Sampson calling him the most talented guy on the squad.

Then Matt Doherty - himself a known 'hothead' - sent McCants to a sports psychologist.

And the true story of McCants's "stomach virus" that kept him benched for crucial games including the Duke game in 2005 has never been told to anyone's satisfaction.

McCants's talent and the coaching he got at UNC got him to the NBA lottery; unfortunately his head has gotten him thrown out of every job he's ever been at.

Anonymous said...

Let's see your transcript, 'Twan. Rashad showed everyone his. Pretty much backed up his claim. Yet idiot hole fans attack another whistleblower. The "Carolina Way" is now a running joke everywhere. EVERYONE is laughing at this bunch

Anonymous said...

There is NO OVERWHELMING evidence to support RM's stories. Just daydreams of packpriders. IDIOT.

Garth Vader said...

The psychopathic hatred ESPN shows for Carolina has reached epic proportions with their "Top 20 College Coaches":

1. Billy Donovan
2. John Calipari
3. Tom Izzo
4. Mike Krzyzewski
5. Rick Pitino
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..
..
..
16. Roy Williams

Not only does Williams have 724 career wins, seven Final Fours and two national titles, just last season he went 4-1 against the so-called "top five", and did so without the guy who was supposed to be his best player!

Anonymous said...

You ABC'ers fail to realize RM showed a transcript that was UNOFFICIAL....it's more likely something he and Mary Willingham printed off her "research" just like the fake "term paper" she wound up having to eat. Hate all you want, the sane and serious people know that RM is only on a $$$ grab at the cost of UNC. If you haters cast your faith with this clown, it only shows how desperate you are and you have to know eventually RM and anyone in his "camp" will be exposed as frauds, wannabe extortionists, and overall failures at life in general. Have fun with that, pups!

Anonymous said...

Its just amazing that only the dumb jocks go to Carolina. Really? You all must be out of your minds if you think no other college i n the US gives special treatment and extra help to its players. Wake up people.

Anonymous said...

I find it funny that everyone in the media is giving McCants immediate credibility when he's done nothing to earn that credibility. He's not a renowned fact-finding journalist. He's not an esteemed member of the faculty at any university. He's not part of any investigating team. What he is is just a washed up basketball player that wasted an immense amount of talent because he couldn't control that space between his ears. How else can you explain a player of his caliber & talent, known to have mental issues even in college, being waived from every professional team for which he has ever played.

At this point, he has become nothing more than a cog in a media wheel that has experienced a ratings boom over the UNC scandal. The saddest part of all of this is that the people that he's listening to care nothing about Rashad McCants or college athletics. They are feeding his ego to get what they want from him and he's not mentally stable enough to notice. Once they have used up his 15 minutes of fame, they will toss him aside and move on to the next schmuck dumb enough think they are actually part of "solving a larger problem with college athletics." All in search of the mighty dollar/ratings.

Anonymous said...

What part of Rashad's comments do you believe? That he's getting 300 million dollars from the NCAA? Or 10 million from UNC? Or that he had a 4.0 GPA one semester? I personally don't believe any thing he has said. If you lie about one thing, you'll lie about everything.

Anonymous said...

THE TRUTH IS IN THE TRANSCRIPTS which is why UNC fans aren't demanding to see them. THE TRUTH IS IN THE TRANSCRIPTS. Put up or shut up.

Anonymous said...

If you take the whole of the RM story in to account even the worst of the ABC'ers would have to say that it is pretty incredulous. It is difficult to understand why the media would allow him to embarrass himself repeatedly. The more he talks the more I'm sure it didn't happen.

Anonymous said...

I believe a lot changed at UNC after Dean Smith left.A lot of morals and etc left with him.

Anonymous said...

It is hilarious to read the comments of the pro-Carolina crowd. You feel vindicated because McCants is a "nutjob" (to use Julius Hodge's term).

OK, he's a nutjob. That doesn't change the fact that UNC-CH kept him eligible by giving him free grades, and evidently Roy Williams and his staff were actively involved in making sure he remained eligible. His "nutjob" status makes it even more likely that he couldn't have remained eligible without fradulent assistance from the coaching staff. And you wouldn't have won an NCAA championship without him.

Sorry to burst your bubble. PJ is probably next, how the heck did he stay eligible for 3 years. I would wager it was not by attending class.

Anonymous said...

All Dookie from the North take a bus home, all you animal husbandry majors from Amphibious NC State go get your cows. McCants brings it up 10 years later? His bank account is overdrawn! Just like your intelligence.