Former University of North Carolina basketball player Will Graves was arrested during a drug bust at a property owned by Tar Heels head coach Roy Williams.
Graves released a statement on the situation, via Inside Carolina:
I would like to offer my sincerest apologies to Coach Williams, his family, and the University of North Carolina as well as my own family and friends for the negative attention I have brought upon them. I can blame only myself for my own stupid actions. Coach Williams has stood up for me on numerous occasions and it causes me great turmoil to let him down in this way. He gave me an opportunity to finish my degree this semester and I have successfully achieved that goal, which was a lifelong dream for my family and me. Unfortunately, I have no urge to celebrate that accomplishment because of the situation I brought upon myself. I understand my actions were wrong and I take full and complete responsibility for them and am extremely remorseful for that. I plan on continuing to pursue my career as a professional basketball player and again wish to send my most sincere apologies to Coach Williams, the Carolina family and my family, as well.
According to the staff of WTVD-TV—an ABC affiliate based in the Raleigh-Durham, N.C., area—Graves is facing charges for marijuana possession and drug paraphernalia.
The police report notes that a search was conducted at a home located at Pinehurst Drive in Chapel Hill and turned up marijuana seeds, three blunts and two burnt blunts, per WTVD-TV.
WTVD-TV received a statement from UNC, which revealed that Williams is aware of the arrest and “disappointed about it.”
Graves played for UNC from 2007 to 2010. In his junior season he averaged 9.8 points, 4.6 rebounds and one assist per game and helped the Tar Heels advance to the finals of the NIT before losing to Dayton.
The following season, Williams dismissed the 6’6”, 240-pound swingman from the team for failing to comply with team rules. At the time, Williams said in a statement (via Brett Friedlander of StarNewsOnline.com):
I hate this for Will. He worked extremely hard this summer to get himself physically in the best shape he’s been in years, but he did not do everything he needed to do to be a part of our basketball program. This is a huge blow to our team, but an even bigger blow for Will. Playing for the Tar Heels meant so much to him.
According to WTVD-TV, the Greensboro native was finishing his degree and working part-time as a video coordinator for the basketball team. Williams reportedly rents the house in question to Graves, who pays for it.
This arrest should not impact the current UNC Tar Heels squad, which is 6-2 on the season and ranked No. 18 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll.