RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina athletic officials have ordered a company that makes designer mouth guards to stop using a Tar Heels basketball player to promote its brand, The Associated Press reports.
According to the report, the university has sent a cease-and-desist letter to Iceberg Guards about rising senior guard Leslie McDonald, who until recently had been listed on the company’s website as a user of its products.
It’s the second off-court issue involving a UNC player the school has faced this offseason, following leading scorer P.J. Hairston’s June arrest on a misdemeanor drug charge while driving a rental vehicle.
That vehicle was linked to a man with a criminal history — who also has a business connection to one of the founders of Iceberg Holdings LLC.
NCAA rules generally prohibit athletes from endorsing or promoting a company or product.
“We sent a cease-and-desist letter to Iceberg regarding Leslie McDonald,” Steve Kirschner, UNC’s senior associate athletic director for communications, told the AP. “They took his name off their site as a customer last week.”
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