Full disclosure: I have never been ticketed by UNC’s Department of Public Safety.
I’m no Dudley Do-Right by any stretch of the imagination. The name of my column is “Not a Role Model.” And I don’t think that I’m holier than thou.
But still, not once since I’ve been in Chapel Hill — whether it be visiting or living — have I been ticketed.
Yet, during the course of 41 months, fewer than 12 UNC football players were able to rack up 395 tickets totaling more than $13,000. At first glance it’s a staggering stat. Then I measure it down to about one ticket per one athlete per month.
Then I realized I have none.
The documents released Thursday that The Daily Tar Heel fought so hard to make public don’t explicitly show a big-time agent buying cars for UNC football players. Oh wait, did you think they were supposed to?
These documents highlight a culture at UNC that extends beyond a dysfunctional ticketing process that allows for a ratio of about one towed or booted car for every 40 tickets. They subtly show the flippancy former and current football players have toward authority outside the Kenan Football Center.
Sure, some of these tickets are trivial — an unpaid meter here, a permit turned the wrong way there. Then you get seven tickets for blocking handicap spots and one player with at least 93 tickets to his name.
Numbers like that prove there were some players who thought they were untouchable.