UNC Suspends Leading Scorer P.J. Hairston Indefinitely After Speeding Citation

by July 29, 2013
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Tar Heel guard P. J. Hairston’s has had a rough time driving through the roads of North Carolina this summer, having been cited and/or arrested three times in the past three months, including Sunday afternoon. Thus, UNC has decided to act and suspend their leading scorer indefinitely. From USA Today: “North Carolina coach Roy Williams indefinitely suspended P.J. Hairston late Sunday night, hours after the team’s troubled leading scorer was cited for speeding and careless and reckless driving. USA TODAY Sports first reported earlier Sunday night that Hairston was pulled over for driving 93 mph in a 65 mph zone. Hairston, 20, was driving a 2008 Acura TL southbound on Interstate 85 outside of Salisbury, N.C., when he was pulled over at 4:30 p.m. by the State Highway Patrol, said spokesman 1st Sgt. Jeff Gordon. Hairston has an Aug. 30 court date in Rowan County. UNC’s three-sentence press release announcing Hairston’s suspension cited only his traffic citation, but the citation represents the latest off-court incident for Hairston. In the past three months, he drove two rental cars linked to Durham resident Haydn “Fats” Thomas. Thomas, 39, is a convicted felon and party promoter with ties to several area college athletes. Williams said in a statement on July 15 that Hairston committed “serious mistakes” and would face “serious consequences as a result.” Without specifying the misconduct, Williams called the issues “embarrassing.” After being stopped at a license checkpoint June 5, Hairston was arrested on charges of possessing marijuana and driving without a license. The charges were dismissed July 19, a Durham County court clerk said, and Hairston complied with the conditions of the court, which included completing a drug assessment and providing his current driver’s license. USA TODAY Sports first reported that the 2013 GMC Yukon that Hairston was driving at the time was rented by Thomas from June 2-5 for $1,261.64, according to the Hertz rental receipt. USA TODAY Sports also first reported that Hairston was cited for speeding May 13 while driving a 2012 Camaro SS that was rented by Catinia Farrington, a woman who shares the same home address as Thomas. Thomas has called Farrington his significant other. After being stopped June 5, a 9-millimeter handgun and a magazine with nine rounds of ammunition were found outside the vehicle and seized during the traffic stop. Neither Hairston nor the two other passengers in the vehicle – Miykael Faulcon, 20, and Carlos Sanford, 23, both of Durham – faced charges related to the gun.”