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Roy Williams apologizes for comparing North Carolina's season to Haiti

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roy-williams-apologizes.jpgNorth Carolina coach Roy Williams apologized Thursday for comments he made about Haiti earlier in the week that led to some trouble.

"Our massage therapist told me, 'You know, coach, what happened in Haiti is a catastrophe. What you're having is a disappointment.'" Williams had said. "I told her that depends on what chair you're sitting in. It does feel like a catastrophe to me, because it's my life."

Williams clarification yesterday read, "On February 1st at my weekly radio show I made a comment about a colleague telling me that Haiti was a catastrophe and we were just having a difficult season," Williams said in a statement. "I said that does put basketball in perspective. However, Tuesday, at a press conference, I referenced her comment again but I neglected to say that it puts basketball in perspective. In no way am I equating the tragedy in Haiti with basketball. I'm sorry that my statement at the press conference made it seem like I was comparing the two. The people of Haiti are suffering through unimaginably difficult times. I know very well that we are just playing a game."

Clearly, Williams understands that the two can't really be equated -- or at least one would hope. To me, it seems he was just trying to stress how important coaching the Tar Heels is to him and how hard their recent struggles have hit him.

There's nothing wrong with that, but you'd hope someone in that visible of a position would have a better filter.

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