CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Presbyterian College fan and alumnus Brian King said North Carolina coach Roy Williams over-reacted by pointing out King to security officials who ejected him from Saturday night's game at the Smith Center.
Nonetheless, King is not angry with Williams. Instead, he is upset that he was portrayed as drunk and sitting in the wrong seat for Presbyterian's game with the Tar Heels.
"I was not intoxicated," said King, a 1996 Presbyterian graduate who lives in Concord. "I was not asked to produce a ticket ... that was fabricated, and that's what I'm upset about."
King, who was seated about 20 rows behind the North Carolina bench, was ejected late in the second half after shouting for Tar Heel forward Deon Thompson to miss a free throw. Williams turned around, shouted in King's direction, and directed officers toward King.
Immediately after the game, sports information director Steve Kirschner said security officers told him that the fan appeared intoxicated, wasn't in his ticketed seat and had been asked to move earlier.
On Monday, UNC department of public safety spokesman Randy Young said King initially ignored officers and was uncooperative.
"It was in the officers' opinion that he had been drinking," Young said. "At which point they made the decision that it would be better for himself and others that he was escorted from the building."
Young said King was not arrested, nor were charges pressed or trespass orders issued. King said he was given a different reason for why he was ejected.
"I was told, 'Because this is Roy's house, and when Roy says you need to go, you go' " King said. "I thought it was sort of amusing."
Kirschner said Williams did not order officers to eject King. Kirschner said the spot where King was sitting was very close to seats that are held by Williams and members of the basketball staff.
Williams made it clear that he wants people in those seats cheering for North Carolina. King was wearing a shirt with a "PC" logo for Presbyterian and cheering against the Tar Heels.
"Let's don't make it a bigger thing than it is," Williams said after the game. "I just don't think anybody should yell negative things toward our players that come in on our tickets to watch our game."
Williams did not comment on Monday.
King said he doesn't plan to get any lawyers involved. He said he would have preferred for his 15 minutes of fame over this incident to have been finished in about five seconds.
He said he was sitting with six of his friends from grade school who are North Carolina graduates when he attracted Williams' attention. Asked if he had anything to drink that day, King said only that he was not intoxicated.
King said he was never asked for his ticket and had at least two tickets in his pocket from friends who didn't show up.
"I just want to make sure I'm not painted as a ding dong, because I'm not," King said. "I didn't say anything vulgar, I was not intoxicated. ... I was cheering for Presbyterian, I was excited to see my little team play a big team."
The big team, the Tar Heels, won 103-64. But North Carolina officials sounded as eager as King for the aftermath to be over after two days of fan chatter and national attention.
"I'm sure we all wish that none of that happened, period," Kirschner said.