After being thrown headfirst into the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill's academic scandal, Chicago Bears defensive end Julius Peppers released a statement dismissing any claims that link him to the case.
The school's website posted parts of his college transcript but have since taken them down. It did a fair amount of damage and Peppers felt it was time he said something.
Here is part of his statement, published in the Chicago Tribune:
"This statement is in response to false allegations regarding my connection to an academic scandal within the University of North Carolina athletic and African-American studies departments. This week has been an upsetting and challenging week for me, as one of my most private academic documents appeared on the university's website for public examination. I'm terribly disappointed in the fact that my privacy has been violated, as well as frustrated with whoever negligently and carelessly committed such a flagrant error."
Peppers further states how he viewed his time at UNC and his academic studies while a student there. It is clear that he does not feel he deserved to be mentioned among those associated with the scandal.