North Carolina-based radio host Jasmyn Fritz (99.3 FM-Raleigh, 96.5 FM-Durham) tweeted a screenshot of creepy, harassing messages from Sports Illustrated Maven UNC (HeelsMaven) writer Brant Wilkerson-New on Wednesday morning.

In the tweet with the screenshot, Fritz wrote (without naming Wilkerson-New in the tweet and thread), “We cover the same team. And now we have an uncomfortable work environment. Stop sending these messages. Check your friends who send these messages. Check yourself if you send these messages.”

Among the messages from Wilkerson-New in the screenshot: “What’s the closest I can suck your tit,” “And grab your left asscheek,” and “Damn you’re fine.” Wilkerson-New then wrote the next morning, “Whoa holy fuck I was drunk.”

Fritz continued in the thread:

“I’m not protecting this person’s identity. I’m standing in my belief that only those who’ve done no wrong can judge him. I’ve said wrong and stupid things before. But please, boy who covers UNC, try me again. If you’re concerned about who to avoid, message me.”

“There’s zero accountability and no apology. He literally thinks it was okay because he was drunk.”

Marilyn Payne, a UNC basketball postgame live host and a writer for a For The Win, replied in the thread that she can confirm [Wilkerson-New] “is a repeat offender.”

Wilkerson-New covered the Tar Heels’ practice and press conferences on Wednesday, before — several hours later — addressing the highly inappropriate messages he sent Fritz. Wilkerson-New tweeted, “I’ve let a lot of people down, and the first person who I owe an apology is @thegirlfritz. She didn’t deserve what I said. Now, it’s time to turn this into a positive change that I’ve needed to make for a very long time. I have a drinking problem, and it’s time to get help.”

Wilkerson-New attached two screenshots of a letter (“Dear Followers”), in which he said he is “deeply sorry to Jasmyn,” and called his actions “unacceptable” and “unfair to Jasmyn.” He also announced that he “will be stepping away from journalism for some time,” and said he’s “an alcoholic with a problem that [he] cannot control.”

Wilkerson-New spent three years covering ACC sports at Greensboro, NC newspaper The News & Record before joining Maven.

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