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Hairston plays in hometown charity game

Posted August 2, 2013
Updated August 4, 2013

— P.J. Hairston may be suspended from the University of North Carolina basketball team, but he took the court Friday evening in a charity basketball event in his hometown of Greensboro.

Because it was a non-sanctioned NCAA event, Hairston did not play in the game, but he coached from the sidelines. He also took part in a 3-point contest with current and former Tar Heels Reggie Bullock, Kendall Marshall and Wes Miller.

The junior forward was the Heels' offensive leader last season, averaging 14.6 points and converting a team-high 89 three-point shots.

Head coach Roy Williams suspended Hairston last Sunday after he notched a third traffic violation in three months. 

On Friday, Hairston declined questions, saying he preferred to put the focus on the cause – raising money in memory of a pregnant mother and young son who were killed in a boating accident Memorial Day weekend.

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  • CarolinaBlue Aug 4, 9:36 p.m.

    Meanwhile, over in Raleigh the starting RB for NCSUx just beat up a woman and nobody heard a thing about it...

    http://ncmugs.com/mugshots-by-state/north-carolina-mugshots/wake-county/shadrach-thornton-assault-on-a-female/

  • bblack Aug 4, 4:14 p.m.

    Sorry PJ........you should have followed the lead and gone with the jewelry thing.....It is... View More

    — Posted by easystreet

    I am tired of the excuse that PJ is just a kid. Give me a break! He is 20 years old. We have... View More

    — Posted by FAN72

    Please don't take this the wrong way. I have all the respect in the world for young people who... View More

    — Posted by heelsforever

    Just because I'm old enough to pull a trigger and take a bullet for the government doesn't mean I'm a mature young man. 20 years old is just that, 20 years old....

  • heelsforever Aug 3, 8:22 p.m.

    Sorry PJ........you should have followed the lead and gone with the jewelry thing.....It is... View More

    — Posted by easystreet

    I am tired of the excuse that PJ is just a kid. Give me a break! He is 20 years old. We have... View More

    — Posted by FAN72

    Please don't take this the wrong way. I have all the respect in the world for young people who decide to serve their country and my family has had upwards of 15 who have served or are still serving. But, I'm guessing you've never lived in a military town. I did for many years of my life and trust me, a lot of immature things happen on payday weekends.

  • heelsforever Aug 3, 8:11 p.m.

    I wonder how he got to the game. Moped rentals are hard to come by in the summer. Even when... View More

    — Posted by YouGotThatRight

    Like the Fackers and d00kies aren't going to try to create a distraction whether he's on the court or not...

  • heelsforever Aug 3, 8:10 p.m.

    There you go Triangle hoops players; want to be in the news....play in a charity game.

  • Hokies94 Aug 3, 6:32 p.m.

    A 20 year old is a kid in my opinion. After PJ was cleared from the MJ and the gun issue, he didn't act anything other than a kid. His twitter smacks in the face of anyone that has a free education to advance his career. He used this and didn't learn much. He should have grown up a little. His speeding ticket was the thing for me. I learned a bunch when I got away one night years ago when I was 21 years old.

    Most want him to be on the team for UNC to win games. I'll bet if this was a VT student, he would be gone. PJ is going to make monies in the NBA. Maybe this is why he doesn't see it ALL right now. Playing in a charity game is all show right now. I'm glad that he did this. His lawyer and Roy set this one up. Roy needs him this season. Badly. My entire premise is how UNC has been slapped on the wrist by the dismal NCAA. It isn't right in comparison to some other schools. Swofford has more power than anyone knows. I'm dead right in all that I have written.

  • REDRAGERS Aug 3, 4:16 p.m.

    ^ Two words (one name) for you Red...Viet Nam.

    Holier than thou attitude? Check your own UNCers... View More

    — Posted by FAN72

    Seems like there's a lot of arrogance over your way. Maybe you should try and see it. Maybe too many years of breathing toxic fumes and urine has clouded your ability to see things clearly.

  • Objective Scientist Aug 3, 4:00 p.m.

    Sorry PJ........you should have followed the lead and gone with the jewelry thing.....It is... View More

    — Posted by easystreet

    I am tired of the excuse that PJ is just a kid. Give me a break! He is 20 years old. We have... View More

    — Posted by FAN72

    FAN72 - I agree - I'm tired of that excuse! Granted - "kids" do "stupid things". In my last post I raised two questions: 1. What age marks going from a "kid" to an "adult"? If not 100% to adulthood, at what age have you transitioned significantly into adulthood? For me... a 20-yr old is more adult than he is a kid. My second question is, more or less, what is behavior that is bad enough to warrant serious consequences? Do we punish some behavior if a person is an adult, but ignore/forgive that same behavior if that person is a "kid"? I'm sure agreement on answers to those questions would not be easy in or outside of this forum. Nevertheless, I am genuinely tired of the excuse "But Hairston is only a kid!"

    Additionally, as some describe... they did some "stupid" things during Hairston's age range and "survived" those things and have done well... and it is possible for Hairston to do that. But some or all of the things I've seen described by posters on here surely had some negative consequences and the creation of obstacles that had to be overcome. Hairston needs to suffer some consequences far beyond Roy Williams "running him 'til he pukes".

  • Objective Scientist Aug 3, 3:44 p.m.

    Sorry PJ........you should have followed the lead and gone with the jewelry thing.....It is... View More

    — Posted by easystreet

    easystreet - I am genuinely curious where you "draw the line" between a kid and an adult, and between what would be a "kid doing dumb things simply because he is a kid" and a "kid going beyond mere "dumb things". If a 20-year old were to be considered an adult and that adult did not one of, but ALL of what Hariston did with a couple of months... is that significant misbehavior, bad behavior, poor/bad judgment or whatever to cause you to say "We cannot forgive that... he must suffer some consequences/punishment. What if you consider a 20-year old as a "kid"... does that mean you "forgive" all ALL that Hairston did? I'm trying to figure out at least approximately, if not exactly, where you and others who sing the "He is just a kid and kids do dumb things" would "draw the line". From your comments I assume you do not believe Hairston crossed a line and he should remain on the team, and get to "play ball" to his heart's content. I am genuinely interested in your thoughts... what would it take for you to say "Now - he has crossed a line into the unacceptable"?

  • GunnyGoesArrrgh Aug 3, 3:39 p.m.

    Good to see PJ playing for charity, and kudos to Bullock and Marshall for playing as well.

    — Posted by GunnyGoesArrrgh

    Exactly J Gunn. The story should have been about a charity event in which some Heels... View More

    — Posted by Leave it to Beaver Reruns

    I think it's all about the mouse clicks, CDID. More clicks = more advertising $$$. PJ is a hot topic, so anything with his name in the headline will draw attention. Thanks for having the intelligence and class to take this for what it is: three players giving back to the community.

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