Ewing: KKK Steered Me Away From UNC
June 13th, 2013| by Lost Lettermen
In one of the weirder “What if…” stories in recent memory, Patrick Ewing said that one of the reasons he picked Georgetown over North Carolina in the early 1980s was because of an unexpected and unsavory presence during his recruiting trip to Chapel Hill.
“North Carolina was a very good school, but you know, when I went down there they put me in that Carolina Inn and there was a big Ku Klux Klan rally in North Carolina when I was there,” Ewing said on The Dan Patrick Show on Tuesday, “And I was like, you know, I’m not coming down here. I’m staying my butt back in Boston.”
Ewing also mentioned then Tar Heels head coach Dean Smith telling him that if he decided against attending UNC, he should go to Georgetown. So the KKK wasn’t the primary reason he decided to play his trade with the Hoyas.
The timing of Ewing sharing this story is both odd and ironic, as he was hired by the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday to be one of their new assistant coaches. Patrick Ewing profile