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North Carolina bludgeoned by 'Curse of Brian King'

Mar 8, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

Our North Carolina men’s basketball standings so far: 5-11 in the ACC, 16-15 overall. Will most likely make the NCAA tourney, but probably as a No. 10 or 11 seed (laugh track). I know that’s hard to fathom, but then if you saw the Tar Heels vs. Duke on Sunday, you’d understand. Wow, was that putrid. The 82-50 win by the Blue Devils had to be sweet for Brian King, however. As you may recall, he’s the Presbyterian University fan who was ejected from the Smith Center during the preseason for heckling a UNC player from a few rows up behind the Tar Heels’ bench. That caused quite a stink at the time, as coach Roy Williams was accused of being little better than an antagonist from a Dickens’ novel, ordering an innocent man removed for having the audacity to razz his team from the North Carolina fan section.
But King would get his revenge.

On Sunday King attended the UNC-Duke game in Durham as a guest of the Blue Devils. And what a spanking he witnessed.

“I had a lot of people reach out to me after what happened … and now that time has passed, this just looked like fun,” he said.

King, who is from Concord, attended Presbyterian but grew up a Duke fan; his family even had season tickets to games, “although this is a lot better seat,” he said, smiling.

He said he has “absolutely no hard feelings” towards UNC or Tar Heels coach Roy Williams, over the incident – during which Williams heard King yelling about 20 rows behind the Tar Heels bench, and instructed security to see if King had tickets to that section. King was then ejected, UNC’s department of public safety later said, because officers believed he was intoxicated – although King denied that claim.

Call it The Curse of Brian King, I guess. Until Williams makes personal amends, this thing could be Cubs-like in scope.
Ejected fan back — at Duke [Raleigh News & Observer]

  1. BC - Mar 8, 2010 at 3:05 PM

    Yow. And I thought my UConn boys were having a rough year…