May 23, 2012; Lake Forest, IL, USA; Chicago Bears defensive end Julius Peppers (90) talks with teammates during organized team activities at Halas Hall. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-US PRESSWIRE

Julius Peppers Transcript: Chicago Bears Star Responds To Academic Scandal

Chicago Bears star Julius Peppers is at the center of UNC's academic scandal.

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Julius Peppers Makes Large Donation To UNC

Julius Peppers has donated $250,000 to the University of North Carolina in the wake of a minor scandal over the release of his college transcript.

Although the transcript was released on the university's website, Peppers expressed his displeasure with the individual responsible for the leak, and harbors no ill will toward UNC.

On Sunday, Peppers flew to Chapel Hill, where he donated the $250,000 to North Carolina's Light on the Hill Society Scholarship Fund, which is designed to provide support to first-year African American students.

The North Carolina native had previously donated $100,000 to the same fund in 2009. He offered these thoughts, "I would like to endorse this particular fund and encourage other former UNC students who have found success to reach back and assist the efforts of current and future Tar Heels."

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Julius Peppers Addresses Transcript Leak, "Terribly Disappointed"

Chicago Bears defensive end Julius Peppers, whose transcript was leaked on the University of North Carolina website Sunday night, discussed his academic record and his dismay at the leaking of his transcript in a press release distributed Saturday:

"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' transcript leaking has placed him at the center of questions raised by an internal UNC investigation that found poor oversight in 54 African-American Studies classes at the school between the summers of 2007 and 2011. Peppers attended UNC between 1999 and 2001; his statement does admit that he wasn't the most diligent student:

During my undergraduate years, I, like many other students, was trying to find direction and adjust to being independent for the first time as a young adult. With this new freedom and unfamiliar environment, I will admit that, at times some of my priorities were not always aligned properly. Luckily, I had a great support system, including Dr. Carl Carey and the athletic academic department, who gave me much needed counsel.

Peppers has appeared in Pro Bowls the last four years.

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Julius Peppers Transcript: Bears DE's Grade History Published On UNC's Website

On Sunday night, Julius Peppers' college transcript was discovered online.

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