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Heel Tough Blog: Tar Heel Safety Arrested Wednesday Night

Updated: Sep 8, 2022

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UPDATED: September 8th, 8:57 PM

The Tar Heels are wrapping up preparations for their game this Saturday on the road in Atlanta against the Georgia State Panthers, but they will now likely be without a member of their secondary.

Senior defensive back Don Chapman was arrested according to the Chatham County clerk of court, who confirmed this earlier this after to Ross Martin of Inside Carolina. According to Martin, Chapman was charged with domestic criminal trespassing, assault on a female and a misdemeanor battery of an unborn trail. Martin also reported that Chapman was scheduled to appear in Chatham County district court, which The Daily Tar Heel confirmed he did do around 2:30 PM this afternoon. In a statement to Inside Carolina, a university spokesman did confirm the fact that the school is aware of the situation and is awaiting more information.

According to Hunter Nelson of The Daily Tar Heel, the female involved in the situation was charged by Durham County authorities with simple assault, a class two misdemeanor.

According to Nelson, Chatham and Orange County district judge Hathaway Pendergrass, “the women made a suicidal threat with a firearm, which Chapman dispatched when the alleged assault occurd.”

Chapman will appear again in court on October 19th. Nelson also reported that both sides were granted release when they appeared in court on Thursday with an agreement to appear in court and to have no contact with each other.

Chapman had been listed as the team’s backup boundary safety for each of the first two games of the season. So far this season, he has played 33 snaps for the team this season, all but one of which came in Week 0 against Florida A&M.


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