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Two rentals linked to Durham man, Hairston

Posted July 6, 2013
Updated July 8, 2013

— The Durham man who rented the car that North Carolina basketball player P.J. Hairston was driving on the night of his June drug arrest has been linked to another rental driven by Hairston, according to USA TODAY.

In a recent interview with The Associated Press, Haydn Patrick "Fats" Thomas said he rented the 2013 GMC Yukon from the June 5 arrest at a license checkpoint in Durham. He also confirmed that he loaned the car to friend Miykael Faulcon — one of the two passengers in the vehicle who were arrested along with Hairston.

On May 13 Hairston was stopped for speeding while driving a Hertz rental car that was paid for by a woman who shares the same address as Thomas.

Hairston was driving a 2012 Chevrolet Camaro SS with Virginia License plates. The Camaro was paid for by a woman named Catinia Farrington, whose Durham address matches that of Thomas, according to the Hertz receipt obtained by USA TODAY Sports.

"Let me just tell you one thing: there's no story," Thomas said of Hairston. "There's no story here. The basketball player, he's not accepting gifts. There's no story."

"If this was a real problem, you think the NCAA would've been at my door faster than (reporters)?" Thomas said.

During the June arrest, Hairston, Faulcon and Carlos Sanford were each charged with possession of less than one-half ounce of marijuana and released on $1,000 unsecured bonds. Faulcon and Sanford are both from Durham. 

UNC officials have said they're gathering information before making any statements or decisions on Hairston's status. They haven't commented further on the case.

Athletic director Bubba Cunningham said last month the school is also investigating whether NBA agent Rodney Blackstock has improper ties to Hairston or any other UNC athlete. That began shortly after USA Today reported in May that AAU coach Darius Cobb said he received $10,000 from Blackstock to steer former Kansas guard Ben McLemore to him as a client.

Blackstock and Hairston are both from Greensboro.

Thomas faces drug charges as well as a charge of possession of a firearm by a felon from a December arrest.

USA Today reported that Thomas was charged $1,261.64 for renting the vehicle, according to a rental receipt. Thomas denied knowing Hairston in an interview with the newspaper.

Officers also seized a 9mm handgun and ammunition during the stop, with Durham police spokeswoman Kammie Michael saying the pistol was found on the ground outside the rental vehicle during the search. Police haven't linked the gun to Hairston or his passengers.

All three are scheduled for an August court hearing.

Hairston, a 6-foot-5 1/2 swingman, announced in April he would return to Chapel Hill for his junior season instead of entering the NBA draft. He led the team in scoring at 14.6 points per game.

Faulcon is a forward at Elizabeth City State, averaging 6.1 points as a freshman reserve. The school has also declined to comment on the case.

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  • unc70 Jul 8, 4:13 p.m.

    What needs to be dug up is whether Thomas and Farrington were just local homeys and doing... View More

    — Posted by pause to consider

    Thomas got his felony conviction for making counterfeit checks on his computer and passing them. Also using stolen credit card. The large number of aliases for Thomas and the large number of companies with names too close to those of non-profits suggest that he was mostly on the hustle for someone. He is involved in a lot of stuff, but never making all that much money in his efforts. Mostly small time.

    As for putting sports figures on pedestals, I can't remember doing that too often lately -- certainly not players in or headed to the NBA or NFL. Not players at UNC; not ones at your favorite school. Not unless I have specific reasons for a particular individual.

    My guess is that Thomas is connected to one or more agents, but is only a guess. it looks a lot like the kinds of things that are detailed in Secretary of State Elaine Marshall's investigation in the documents posted at the SoS web site. We know that her investigation has found evidence of payments by agents to hundreds of athletes at dozens of schools in NC and elsewhere. If your school has players even close to NBA or NFL quality, you can be sure that agents and their runners are nearby, very close. Many of these agents have ties to drugs, big time gambling, and other problem areas.

  • pause to consider Jul 8, 3:32 p.m.

    What needs to be dug up is whether Thomas and Farrington were just local homeys and doing 'favors' out of pocket for 'friends' or were they middlemen for boosters or agents, etc.? Either way, it goes to show you how putting sports figures on pedestals just doesn't make sense. I don't care how big a fan I am of a school or player, I'm not renting a vehicle in my name for them. Plus, Thomas is a felon, I wonder what for? Nobody wins here and Hairston is likely gone from the team.

  • JACKSON SAWYER Jul 8, 2:58 p.m.

    FAN#1 Hey man I think we are in trouble
    FAN# 2 I know but look at all those banners ain't they purdy
    FAN# 1 YEAH WOW

  • fireman1234 Jul 8, 2:37 p.m.

    CAROWHINER WAY

  • JACKSON SAWYER Jul 8, 2:15 p.m.

    No matter what happens at UNC it still won't bring NCSU a title in the past 30! years. Probably... View More

    — Posted by vile garbage

    Funny how some UNC fans still think this has to do with titles, rings, banners, etc. It has to... View More

    — Posted by FAN72

    The far vast majority of UNC atlhetes are first class and have made huge contributions to... View More

    — Posted by wjuliang

    first class athletes at UNC are few and far between.

  • JACKSON SAWYER Jul 8, 2:12 p.m.

    No matter what happens at UNC it still won't bring NCSU a title in the past 30! years. Probably... View More

    — Posted by vile garbage

    you miss the whole point,how many of those titles in the last 20-30 yrs are clean.

  • Rip Rock Jul 8, 2:10 p.m.

    Maybe if uncch hires PJ's mom, any crisis could be averted.

  • lec02572 Jul 8, 2:10 p.m.

    Game,set, and match. Hariston is done at UNC.

  • rayraynral Jul 8, 1:21 p.m.

    www.unccheats.com ...

    ......offers some summary to the mess, but the cheating culture that is UNC... View More

    — Posted by Alex25

    Yeah sort of like how one truckload of Kleenex tissues could never sop up all the wusspack and... View More

    — Posted by flagshipu

    No crying here, just calling CHeaterU out on its BS, spouting the "Carolina Way" garbage and all the while cheating their rear ends off in the classroom and on the recruiting trail.

    And for anybody who is proud of cheating and winning - that's their problem because that is not winning at all. Pathetic.

  • flagshipu Jul 8, 1:14 p.m.

    www.unccheats.com ...

    ......offers some summary to the mess, but the cheating culture that is UNC... View More

    — Posted by Alex25

    Yeah sort of like how one truckload of Kleenex tissues could never sop up all the wusspack and dookie Abc'er tears that have been spilled over these last few decades.

    Gonna need a mighty Industrial Strength 'Sham-WOW!" for that job lololol!

    (Because they are SUPER-absorbent lolol)

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