Well, either he did(he did.) or his parents did(they did.)!
I was sent this link recently. While I understand it’s a link to http://carolinasucks.com and not http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/ like the design would want you to believe, and the images may be fabricated, the facts behind them do not seem to be fabricated. The images claim that a $400k abode is the residence of Wayne Ellington Sr., the father of the former UNC bball player(06-09). I don’t quite have the resources to look up Mr. Ellington’s profession or what he was worth before his son made it to the NBA. I’m not trying to argue whether or not he could afford such a house while his son was in school(before he made money for bball). I am wondering why the house was(is) owned by James A. Mason Jr. who was a former Morehead scholar at UNC and is now a prominant businessman in Chapel Hill. Mason Jr. is a founding member of Parish Capital, who has very stong ties to Keenan-Flagler, UNC’s business school. They’re even part of the Carolina Venture Fellows program. I’m sure Roy and UNC did a good job of making sure Mason Jr. himself did not donate to the athletic program, but it’s hard to deny these ties seem to be a conflict of interest.
Frump it on for pictures and links that lead me to these conclusions.
Below are pictures from that very well disguised carolinasucks offering:
One of the best and worst things about tax records is that they’re very much open to the public. A quick search on the Durham County website you’ll notice a couple peculiar things.
This is a listing of taxable items owned at the address associated with Wayne Ellington Sr’s name. As you can see, the property is owned by Mr. Mason Jr. while the Ellington’s purchased a couple of (new at the time)cars at that address. Also, just in case you missed the obvious in all of this, this year range is the same time frame Ellington was a student athlete at UNC. Just thought I’d point that out.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again(as a disclaimer of sorts) that I’m not questioning whether or not the Ellington’s could afford all of this(although I have a guess), my question is why it was owned by a Carolina graduate who is still very much associated with the University. While one would normally expect the local paper(N&O) to pick this up and look into it, considering that local paper might as well be UNC’s School of Journalism, I highly doubt it.