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Hairston due in court after altercation at Durham YMCA

Posted July 6, 2014
Updated July 7, 2014

PJ Hairston introduced as the newest member of the Charlotte Hornets

— Former University of North Carolina guard and Charlotte Hornets rookie P.J. Hairston was issued a misdemeanor criminal summons Monday, a day after he was involved in an altercation with Northern Durham High School’s Kentrell Barkley at a Durham YMCA.

The summons was taken out by Barkley Monday morning and Hairston was not arrested. 

Barkley told WRAL that Hairston had taunted him, stating "he can't go right." Barkley said he responded to Hairson by saying, "I just went right," and then stated he was punched in the head the next time down the court. Barkley added that there was no  fight and the punch came "out of nowhere."

"I didn't even swing," Barkley said. "You don't just hit somebody. I see a bump or a push, but hitting somebody, that's different."

According to the summons filed to the Durham County Sherriff's Office, Hairston faces assault and battery after punching Barkley twice in the head during the pick-up basketball game. Barkley is a rising high school senior who has got the attention of East Carolina, UNC-Wilmington, UNC-Charlotte and other schools.

Hairston is due in court Aug. 8 to appear in front of a magistrate for the incident. Barkley, as well as another witness, have been ordered to testify at the proceeding.

“I want to apologize to the Hornets organization and our fans for creating this distraction," Hairston said in a statement. "As this is now a legal matter, I cannot comment on the situation any further. I am truly sorry for any embarrassment that I have caused.”

Barkley, 17, denied instigating the confrontation Sunday night, tweeting, "I want to make this clear, I DID NOT HIT PJ OR THROW ANY PUNCHES!" He spoke with WRAL's Julia Sims Monday with a visible mark on his forehead.

According to his agent, Hairston was playing a pick-up game with a group of high schoolers when play got chippy.

"The game got intense. The kid got too excited playing against P.J.," Hairston’s agent Juan Morrow said. “It's getting blown out of proportion because it's P.J., and he's home."

The Hornets offered a statement indicating they were aware of the incident.

“The organization is aware of an incident this afternoon involving P.J. Hairston," the release stated. "We are in the process of gathering additional information and will have no further comment at this time.”

Hairston was also in the news Monday when it was discovered that his vehicle was being driven by NFL wide receiver Josh Gordon when he was stopped early Saturday morning and charged with DWI. Gordon was bonded out of jail later that morning by Haydn "Fats" Thomas, a convicted felon with ties to Hairston.

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  • 1specialk Jul 6, 10:30 p.m.

    Honestly, I like P.J. Hairston, but I think his career could go further if he left NC. I think we will see a lot of character issues from him as he plays for the Hornets and those issues will stump his growth as a professional basketball player.

  • LuxL1bertas Jul 6, 11:25 p.m.

    Hilarious what counts as "sports news" for the ABC'R crowd.

    Had any of them ever played "sport" they would understand that little scuffles during pickup games at the "Y" are a dime a dozen.

    Way to stand up for yourself PJ, don't take no garbage from no Durham trash!!!

    #HEELBLOOD!!!!!

  • ecp1951 Jul 7, 1:37 a.m.

    you can take them out of the ghetto but you can't take the ghetto out of them.

  • zanerxcubed Jul 7, 3:01 a.m.

    you can take them out of the ghetto but you can't take the ghetto out of them.

    — Posted by ecp1951

    You're absolutely right - no white guy ever threw a punch or a cheap shot during an athletic contest.

    #youcantfixstupid...orracist

  • 903 Born To Be Hated Dying To Be Jul 7, 4:19 a.m.

    Hilarious what counts as "sports news" for the ABC'R crowd.

    Had any of them ever played "sport"... View More

    — Posted by LuxL1bertas

    or in this case... a dimebag a dozen....

  • Toddler10-21 Jul 7, 5:43 a.m.

    Shouldn't he be in Orlando playing for the Hornets summer league team? Why are you playing against high school kids? Really wish he wasnt playing in NC because I think he will get into trouble. PJ keep your nose clean!

  • amenmike Jul 7, 5:53 a.m.

    Should be playing with children his own age.

  • Toddler10-21 Jul 7, 6:02 a.m.

    MJ should take him under his wing because I don't want any kid to throw away his future. Can MJ move him into his mansion?

  • ole roy Jul 7, 6:41 a.m.

    dudes got a problem , a bad seed ,, bottom line ...

  • StunGunn Jul 7, 6:44 a.m.

    I still have hopes that PJ will grow up and stay out of trouble, which probably means staying out of Durham. Hope he doesn't blow the opportunity he has.

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