Earlier this week, North Carolina receiver Dwight Jones claimed to InsideCarolina.com that he had been deliberately punched or kicked in the groin during UNC’s football game against Miami last Saturday in Chapel Hill.
(That’s Giovani Bernard’s hand. I think.)
Jones on the incident:
“I got punched in the groin by one of the Miami players… They were playing dirty… it definitely wasn’t an accident.”
Video from the ACC Network / ESPN3.com telecast of the game verifies the claim by Jones, with the UNC receiver seen getting punched in the groin by Miami defensive lineman Micanor Regis while Jones was stuck at the bottom of a pile of Hurricane defenders early in the third quarter.
The blow by Regis caused Jones to leave the game - which was noted on the telecast - though the UNC receiver latered returned. ACC Network announcers Steve Martin and Dave Archer did not mention the dirty play by Regis.
Then there’s the other egregious cheap shot Regis delivered on a UNC player earlier in the game.
Regis can also clearly be seen on the ACC Network / ESPN3.com telecast deliberately stepping on the left wrist of then-defenseless North Carolina running back Giovani Bernard after a play late in the second quarter.
Regis stomping on Bernard’s wrist was also not noted by the game announcers, despite a closeup of the dirty play via replay.
Today Miami football coach Al Golden announced that Regis has been suspended for Saturday’s game against Georgia Tech - with the coach adding the following statement:
“Micanor’s actions in the North Carolina game will not be tolerated. We expect our players to represent our program with class on and off the field, and when they do not, there are consequences. Quite honestly I’m embarrassed and I just apologized to Coach Withers and shared that sentiment. We do not teach, nor will we ever condone this type of behavior in our football program.”
Regis also apologized:
“I’m truly sorry for my foolish actions Saturday during the North Carolina game. It was hurtful, wrong and embarrassing to both football programs, to both schools and to the millions of college football fans that were watching. Specifically, I want to apologize to Dwight Jones, Coach Withers and the entire UNC football team. I am hoping and praying that you all forgive me for my actions.”
Neither mentioned Giovani ‘Chopped Liver’ Bernard.