Despite rumors and apparent video evidence, Brown Walters, the director of UNC spirit programs, said the student in the Rameses costume was not punched at the men’s basketball .
After the tragic UNC loss in the national championship game Monday, surfaced on the internet showing what appeared to be a fan punching Rameses in his oversized face.
Walters said it didn’t happen.
“He is fine. He was not assaulted by any stretch of the imagination,” he said.
Walters said the questionable footage shows the chaos at the end of the game as workers prepared for the awards ceremony.
“Basically what happened was, at the end of the game, the gentlemen were trying to get the staging for the awards process up onto the actual basketball court,” he said.
“As they were coming up, they bumped him, and when he turned around the guy then was trying to make space because he didn’t want for him to get hit by the stage.”
Walters said Rameses’ fall was not the result of a punch.