UNC’s Joel Berry broke his hand because video games are frustrating

GLENDALE, AZ - APRIL 03: Joel Berry II
GLENDALE, AZ - APRIL 03: Joel Berry II /

North Carolina guard Joel Berry broke his hand because video games can be a drag sometimes

If you’re a regular player of video games, you’ve definitely been there before. You have a lot invested in a game you’re partaking in, things don’t go your way and you end up getting a little frustrated. Sometimes, that frustration really boils over and you feel like punching something to relieve your anger and stress. Then, sometimes, you actually do get so frustrated that you follow through on that feeling, like North Carolina senior guard Joel Berry recently did.

Wednesday, during the ACC media day prior to the college basketball season getting underway in a few weeks, legendary Tar Heels head coach Roy Williams revealed Berry recently suffered a broken hand after he punched a door because he was so mad at losing a video game. Apparently, Berry was playing the game with teammate Theo Pinson and a team manager, lost and then went Mike Tyson on a door. You know, it happens.

“He did a silly thing,” Roy Williams told ESPN at ACC media day Wednesday. “That’s what it was. One of his greatest characteristics is his competitiveness.”

Now on a serious note, for those wondering how long Berry is expected to be out with the season so close to starting, Williams noted that while nothing is official right now, Berry could return to the court in about the four-week range — meaning, he won’t be missing much time, and it also helps that the defending champs look to have a fairly easy schedule to start.

In leading North Carolina to the national title last season, Berry was named the NCAA Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player, and during the regular season, he averaged 14.7 points with 3.6 assists. Some thought Berry may test the NBA waters but he chose to come back to Chapel Hill for a senior season to chase one more national championship before he does leave campus.