CORRECTION: A previous version of this story misstated Damien Washington's class year. Washington graduated in 2016 and is no longer on the football team. The story has been updated to reflect that change. The Daily Tar Heel apologizes for the error.
North Carolina football coach Larry Fedora said the team is treating the indefinite suspension of junior linebacker Allen Artis like any other absence.
“It’s just like anybody else,” Fedora said. “If you lose somebody to an injury or whatever the reason is, I mean, the next guy’s gotta step up.”
On Tuesday, UNC sophomore Delaney Robinson said she was raped in Ram Village on Feb. 14. She swore warrants charging Artis with misdemeanor sexual battery and assault on a female.
Artis turned himself in to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office Wednesday, and he was released on a $5,000 bond Wednesday afternoon.
When asked if players were talking about what happened, senior running back T.J. Logan replied, “Not really.”
But players aren’t staying silent.
Sophomore defensive tackle Jalen Dalton tweeted Wednesday, “I stand with Allen Artis.”
First-year defensive back K.J. Sails retweeted Dalton. And Logan, former UNC wide receiver Damien Washington and first-year defensive tackle Marlon Dunlap liked the tweet.