Pitt's Jeff Capel fires back about 'disrespect' following win over UNC
Jeff Capel was upset after Pitt’s 65-64 win over North Carolina on Wednesday, and much of it had to do with how the Tar Heels appeared to treat his brother.
Remarkably, the Panthers have won 3 straight against the Tar Heels, and 3 straight at the Smith Center, along with winning 5 of the last 6 games overall. But after the game, Capel vented about the Tar Heels fans’ treatment of his brother, and current Panthers assistant, former UNC standout Jason Capel.
Jason Capel was heard yelling outside of the Pitt locker room: “Y’all gonna disrespect me? All I did for this program? Y’all gonna boo me? I held this shit together when Matt Doherty tore it apart. F— that shit.”
At his press conference, Jeff explained his perspective on the issue.
“My brother loves the school,” Jeff Capel said. “He dreamt of coming here as a player when we were little, when he was little. He wore that [North Carolina] jersey with a lot of pride, and since he’s left here, there has been a lot of disrespect toward him. And one thing happened today, and I don’t think it’s coming from within the basketball program, and I don’t know who controls their social media … I get social media, you try to be funny or whatever, but I thought it was them trolling him.
The Capels’ ire appears to center on a tweet from the official Twitter account for North Carolina basketball tweeted a photo of a game-day program that showed Creighton Lebo, a walk-on and the son of North Carolina assistant Jeff Lebo, sticking out his tongue. Creighton Lebo, who has played 2 minutes total this season, wears No. 25, the same number Jason Capel wore for North Carolina.
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