North Carolina coach Mack Brown says QB Drake Maye ‘cut’ by jab at NC State

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North Carolina Tar Heels quarterback Drake Maye made waves this week when he took a shot at in-state rival NC State. Maye apologized, and now UNC head coach Mack Brown has spoken out about his comments.

During his press conference Tuesday, May was asked about staying in-state and playing for the Tar Heels. Maye said he always wanted to play for a premier program in North Carolina, and he hit NC State in the process.

“Whether you want to admit it or not, growing up in Carolina, you’re going to be a Carolina fan,” May said. “Some people might say (NC) State, but really people who go into the state can’t go into Carolina.”

Brown Maye joked and insisted the true freshman quarterback wouldn’t try to insult anyone on purpose. Brown said that in the age of social media, players like Maye can no longer speak on stage.

“You can’t be cute anymore, he tried to be funny,” Brown said, according to Inside Carolina. “Drake is one of the coolest young men I’ve ever met in my life. And he’s so confident, he always wants to be classy and do things right. And he hangs out with all of you, and I said, ‘You can’t.’ I’m a smart alec, I like to cut, I like to laugh, I like to tell funny stories, and those types of people are dying now in social media and modern times, and he was completely cut. Obviously, it’s not. Not true.”

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Mei took to social media hours after her press conference to apologize for her comments.

“I made a comment about NC State today and I want to apologize,” Maya wrote. “I answered a question about playing at state and said something I shouldn’t have done. I said it as a joke, but it was inappropriate. I feel bad and have to do better representing our program and this university.”

Maye is a five-star recruit and the No. 4 quarterback in the 2021 signing class, according to the 247Sports rankings. In three games as the Tar Heels’ full-time starter, Maye completed 74.2% of his passes, loading the defense for 930 yards, 11 touchdowns and one interception.

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