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4 UNC players suspended over 'violations of team policy'

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Yahoo Sports reported that a redshirt freshman sustained a concussion during a physical altercation with multiple teammates in his room at the Aloft hotel in Chapel Hill. Yahoo Sports reported that a redshirt freshman sustained a concussion during a physical altercation with multiple teammates in his room at the Aloft hotel in Chapel Hill.
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The University of North Carolina has suspended four players for Saturday's opener with Liberty, coach Larry Fedora said Wednesday after practice.

The announcement came after UNC confirmed that it is investigating an incident involving football players at the Aloft hotel earlier this month.

Fedora said sophomore Des Lawrence, redshirt freshman Donnie Miles, freshman M.J. Stewart and sophomore Brian Walker have been suspended over violations of team policy. All four are defensive backs for the Tar Heels.

"Everybody is held accountable for their actions," Fedora said. "We have some very high expectations to be a football player here at the University of North Carolina, and if you don't meet those expectations ... you will be disciplined."

Although Fedora did not specify which policies were violated, UNC spokesman Kevin Best said the university is "aware of an incident involving members of the UNC football team that took place earlier this month" at the Aloft hotel in Chapel Hill. The football team was staying at the hotel from July 31 to Aug. 19 during training camp, Best said.

"We take this allegation seriously and the university is conducting a thorough review," Best said Tuesday.

Fedora said student affairs is handling the investigation but he is not sure of the status of that investigation. But the coach added that "it's a closed book for me in football."

"I worry about every type of thing that could be a distraction," Fedora said. "But I know this: We have a large amount of players on this football team that have worked their rear ends off ... to get to this point, so it would be a shame and a tragedy to let any kind of distraction keep you from playing at your best.”

The suspensions come after Yahoo Sports reported Tuesday that redshirt freshman walk-on wide receiver Jackson Boyer sustained a concussion during a physical altercation with multiple teammates in his hotel room.

In its official statement, the university did not refer to the "incident" as hazing. Best said Wednesday that Boyer was still practicing with the team.

Sgt. Bryan Walker with Chapel Hill Police said in an email Wednesday that only one report had been filed for the month of August, but it was not in reference to this particular incident.

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