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Joe Ovies

'Summer of P.J.' left Williams with no choice

Posted July 29, 2013

University of North Carolina head men's basketball coach Roy Williams didn't suspended P.J. Hairston on Sunday night because of speeding. Williams suspended his leading scorer because the totality of Hairston's summer shenanigans left him with no other choice.

Taken individually, Hairston driving 93 mph in a 65 mph zone on southbound I-85 would elicit a giant shoulder shrug. Like we've never dropped the classic "going with the flow of traffic" line after being pulled over by a state trooper? Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. And when it doesn't, pay the fine or fight it in court to keep the insurance costs from spiking.

However, this was Hairston's third such car-related incident since May and the first transgression since Williams released a statement discussing punishment without actually administering any. 

Let's rewind to July 15, when Williams finally said something about Hairston's June 5 arrest for misdemeanor marijuana possession and driving without a license. 

"P.J. and I have had several discussions already and he knows he has made serious mistakes and there will be serious consequences as a result," said Williams. "Certainly the idea of suspending P.J. has been discussed. However, he is not currently enrolled in summer school, is not practicing with the team and we have no games until November."

At the time, Williams was right in not adding anything tangible to his words. Durham authorities dismissed those charges a week after the statement because Hairston showed proof that he had a driver's license and had completed a drug assessment program. As for the rental cars and his connection to Haydn “Fats” Thomas, the NCAA will eventually put it on their weighted scale of justice.

Williams' statement also acted as the new baseline for Hairston to maintain. All he had to do was keep a low profile between now and the start of the basketball season, serve some sort of punishment and everyone will move on with their lives.

Well, so much for that idea. 

There have been a handful of comparisons between Hairston's series of miscues and those of former North Carolina basketball player Will Graves, who was eventually booted off the team after he broke enough team rules. However, there is one fundamental difference between Hairston and Graves. One player is essential to the success of the Tar Heels next season and projected to be in the NBA, while the other was not.

Just how much more will Williams tolerate? Only the coach knows, but his patience for handling talented players with a dumb decision streak is certainly being tested at the moment.

In the unlikely scenario Hairston finds himself off the team, it won't be because of simple traffic violations or a questionable relationship with a local party promoter with a penchant for fancy cars. It'll be because he decided to go about being "that dude" instead of heading the warning of his coach.

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  • Kerlina Trolls SmaKT Jul 29, 12:28 p.m.

    Roy didn't do anything yet. Hairston isn't enrolled in summer school and team activities haven't started. We'll see if it's real punishment if he sits the Kentucky game.

  • Ken D. Jul 29, 12:35 p.m.

    Hairston's behavior seems especially self-destructive. I wonder if there are some deeper problems we don't know about. This goes beyond just normal college guy stupidity.

  • kmorcomeback Jul 29, 12:37 p.m.

    Cheaters never win

  • tdebord Jul 29, 12:40 p.m.

    "...the NCAA will eventually put it on their weighted scale of justice."

    Bwahahahaha! That was a good one, Joe.

  • Kerlina Trolls SmaKT Jul 29, 12:47 p.m.

    Roy didn't do anything yet. Hairston isn't enrolled in summer school and team activities haven't... View More

    — Posted by Kerlina Trolls SmaKT

    He suspended him, wolfer. What do you want a public execution?

    — Posted by REDRAGERS

    Are you really that dense? A suspension while he's not enrolled in school isn't a suspension. That's the same as giving a 6th grader a 2 month suspension during his summer break.

  • Brigand Jul 29, 12:51 p.m.

    Roy didn't do anything yet. Hairston isn't enrolled in summer school and team activities haven't... View More

    — Posted by Kerlina Trolls SmaKT

    He suspended him, wolfer. What do you want a public execution?

    — Posted by REDRAGERS

    How about being dismissed from the team. Like Ovies wrote, if it had been any other player not as valuable as PJ, they would already be gone by now.

    Wonder whose Acura he was driving???

  • Leave it to Beaver Reruns Jul 29, 12:57 p.m.

    Roy didn't do anything yet. Hairston isn't enrolled in summer school and team activities haven't... View More

    — Posted by Kerlina Trolls SmaKT

    He suspended him, wolfer. What do you want a public execution?

    — Posted by REDRAGERS

    How about being dismissed from the team. Like Ovies wrote, if it had been any other player not... View More

    — Posted by Brigand

    It was his girlfriend's car.

    Folks, aside from PJ being caught with one of the coaches' wives (and it really depends on which coach), he will be in uniform come November. You can take that to the bank

  • Kerlina Trolls SmaKT Jul 29, 12:59 p.m.

    Roy didn't do anything yet. Hairston isn't enrolled in summer school and team activities haven't... View More

    — Posted by Kerlina Trolls SmaKT

    He suspended him, wolfer. What do you want a public execution?

    — Posted by REDRAGERS

    Are you really that dense? A suspension while he's not enrolled in school isn't a suspension.... View More

    — Posted by Kerlina Trolls SmaKT

    You've been breathing too much of that toxic waste over at CFS. You know mixing toxic waste with... View More

    — Posted by REDRAGERS

    So you ARE really that dense. Figures.

  • Dooksucksv8 Jul 29, 1:03 p.m.

    I disagree about Graves assessment. Graves came on strong late his last year and was the best three point shooter and free throw shooter on the team averaging close to 10 point per game. Roy got rid of him anyway.

  • Dooksucksv8 Jul 29, 1:04 p.m.

    Hairston's behavior seems especially self-destructive. I wonder if there are some deeper... View More

    — Posted by Ken D.

    I remember he had problems after several of his family members died his freshman year.

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