CHAPEL HILL — North Carolina junior guard Leslie McDonald will serve a three-game suspension, the school announced in a statement on Wednesday.
UNC didn’t specify the reason for McDonald’s suspension but both McDonald and Tar Heels coach Roy Williams said in a statement that McDonald failed to meet his responsibilities as a “student-athlete.”
McDonald had missed UNC’s past three games due to a knee injury.
“Leslie did not do what we expect of our student-athletes and therefore is not going to play in the next three games,” Williams said in the statement. “His knee has improved and he would have been medically able to return this week, but he won't dress for Georgia Tech, N.C. State and Boston College.
“I'm disappointed for him and our team because he worked so hard to get back from his knee injury and has been a valuable contributor for us this season. He's a good kid and we look forward to his return.”
In the same statement, McDonald apologies for the actions that led to his suspension.
“I'm sorry that I won't be able to play the next three games but I will be ready to help my team again beginning with the Virginia Tech game," McDonald said. “I did not take care of my responsibilities as a student-athlete and have to miss some games as a result. I will do what I can to help prepare my teammates in practice even though I can't play.”
McDonald, who is averaging 8.4 points per game, will return for the Tar Heels’ game against Virginia Tech on Feb. 2.