The North Carolina football program instated a new team policy Thursday that bans all players from using Twitter accounts, team spokesman Kevin Best said.
Quarterback T.J. Yates addressed the team’s newest rule shortly after its reveal with a farewell Tweet about his departure from the site for the rest of football season:
“ @JTsetay: To tweet or to play football???? That’s an easy decision…. Bye Bye twitter I am really gonna miss you guys….see you in about 3 months.”
The NCAA investigation into UNC football players receiving improper agent benefits has brought serious attention to individual comments on the social media site.
Former UNC defensive tackle Marvin Austin’s Tweets were the center of media speculation at the start of the investigation. His Twitter account disappeared shortly after the NCAA arrived in Chapel Hill in July.
Before the team adjusted its policy, fullback Devon Ramsay was just the latest football player to add a deleted Twitter account to his list of team consequences circling the investigation.
“Devon and I have had a conversation about it, and he is undergoing some things within the program and he’s not going to play for a while,” UNC coach Butch Davis said in a Thursday press conference.
Ramsay’s account, @DRams45, was pulled after he tweeted, “My whole team gettin money I just call it gang green @williamRfay @rlchris89.”
The junior sat out of the Tar Heels’ 21-16 victory Saturday against Clemson after new information was discovered that required UNC to hold him out of competition.