Former UNC basketball player Will Graves faces charges after drugs found in house rented from Roy Williams

acarter@newsobserver.comDecember 13, 2013 

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North Carolina's Will Graves (13) points to teammate Larry Drew II (11) after hitting a three-point shot in the first half against Virginia on Sunday, January 31, 2009, at the Smith Center in Chapel Hill, North Carolina

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  • Will Graves’ statement

    “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 ...’’ – UNC

— Will Graves, a former North Carolina basketball player, faces two misdemeanor charges after Chapel Hill police found marijuana and drug paraphernalia inside a house he’s renting from Roy Williams, the Tar Heels coach.

Police on Dec. 6 found 4.4 grams of marijuana, eight marijuana seeds, three “marijuana blunts” and two “burnt marijuana blunts” inside the house Graves is renting, according to the arrest report. He is charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The arrest report said Graves gave police permission to search the house, at 1016 Pinehurst Drive in The Oaks subdivision in Chapel Hill. Graves wasn’t arrested, police spokesman Lt. Josh Mecimore said, but was instead given a citation.

Steve Kirschner, a UNC athletic department spokesman, said Graves had been renting the house from Williams while Graves took classes at UNC during the fall semester. Williams had been aware of Graves’ arrest and was “disappointed” by the news, Kirschner said.

Graves, who played for the Tar Heels from 2007 through 2010, was also serving as a part-time video coordinator for the UNC men’s basketball team. Kirschner said that Graves finished his final exams this week and had not planned to continue working with the basketball team beyond this semester.

Graves’ playing career ended at UNC when Williams dismissed him from the team for a violation of team rules.

According to the Associated Press, property tax records for Orange County show Williams and his wife, Wanda, own the property, which has an assessed value of $635,106. Kirschner told the Associated Press that Williams has allowed people to stay at the home periodically.

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