Julius Peppers has forgiven and forgotten, quickly.
Only days after Bears defensive end Julius Peppers issued a statement expressing disappointment that the University of North Carolina posted an online link to his transcript, which caused him to face accusations of academic fraud, Peppers made a $250,000 donation to the school.
Per the Associated Press, the money will go to a fun that provides scholarships for African-American students.
“This week has been an upsetting and challenging week for me, as one of my most private academic documents appeared on the university’s website for public examination,” Peppers had said. “I’m terribly disappointed in the fact that my privacy has been violated, as well as frustrated with whoever negligently and carelessly committed such a flagrant error.”
Peppers insists there was no fraud and that he never received “unapproved assistance or preferential treatment.” Peppers played football and basketball at UNC.
Peppers made a $100,000 donation to the same fund in 2009. And while Peppers easily can afford to make donations of that magnitude, it can’t be easy to write that huge check, no matter how many more zeroes a guy has in his bank account.