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Hairston returns to practice, issues apology

Posted September 26, 2013
Updated September 27, 2013

— "I will do whatever I can to regain your faith in me and make sure I represent the school and the Tar Heels with respect in the future," University of North Carolina guard P.J. Hairston said in a statement released Thursday afternoon.

Hairston and head coach Roy Williams were both quoted in the statement, issued on the basketball team's annual media day.

Williams suspended Hairston in late July, after he notched three traffic stops and a drug charge during the offseason, all while driving borrowed cars. In two instances, Hairston was driving cars rented by a Durham party promoter, a possible "impermissible benefit" under NCAA rules. Roy Williams Pic Williams: P.J.'s done all I've asked

On July 28, Hairston was stopped driving 93 mph in a 65 mph zone on southbound Interstate 85 near Salisbury in a car that belongs to a fellow UNC student who calls herself his girlfriend.

On May 13, he was pulled over for speeding in a Chevrolet Camaro rented by party promoter Haydn "Fats" Thomas.

On June 5, he was arrested and charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession and driving without a license when he was stopped in a silver Yukon at a checkpoint in Durham. That vehicle was also rented by Thomas.

Durham County prosecutors dismissed the June 5 charges after Hairston showed proof that he had a driver's license and had completed a drug assessment program.

Williams said Hairston has earned his way back to practice, but he will sit out some games when the season begins Nov. 8. The number of games has yet to be determined.

"He knows he made a series of mistakes and understands very clearly that he embarrassed his family, our program and the university," Williams said in the statement.

When pressed by the media for specifics about how Hairston got back in his good graces, Williams said he ran — a lot. 

"In 26 years as a head coach, I've never made the demands on a young man that I have made of P.J.," said Williams. "He accepted them without question."

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  • 903 PJ suspended til NCAA clears Sep 26, 3:10 p.m.

    Hmmmm. So much for "indefinite suspension"...

    I guess indefinite means, you're suspended all summer up until the first practice....

  • 4tarheels Sep 26, 3:14 p.m.

    Hmmmm. So much for "indefinite suspension"...

    I guess indefinite means, you're suspended all... View More

    — Posted by 903 PJ suspended til NCAA clears

    No, I'm pretty sure he's suspended from some games. Why do you say he's not suspended?

  • theehypster Sep 26, 3:21 p.m.

    I hope PJ will behave...he has little kids looking up to him.

  • TSKMFs Sep 26, 3:22 p.m.

    "Why do you say he's not suspended?"....read the headline.

    "Hairston returns to practice"....DA ewenc brainwashed minion.

  • RealSports Sep 26, 3:24 p.m.

    WRAL shows horrible journalistic ability with this piece not realizing that practice does not start until Friday and that organized practice this time of year is not allowed by the NCAA.

    "after he notch three traffic stops" is a good example of the rushed nature of this article.

  • lec02572 Sep 26, 3:25 p.m.

    Don't worry, your good. Everyone knows that you were not going to miss any real games. Miss the first night thing, warm-up games and you will be back on the court.

  • RealSports Sep 26, 3:25 p.m.

    Hmmmm. So much for "indefinite suspension"...

    I guess indefinite means, you're suspended all... View More

    — Posted by 903 PJ suspended til NCAA clears

    Are you really still harping on this?

    No one, Roy Williams or Bubba Cunningham included ever stated that he would be barred from practicing with the team when it begins in Friday. He will be allowed to practice but not to play for an as of yet undetermined amount of games.

  • 4tarheels Sep 26, 3:26 p.m.

    "Why do you say he's not suspended?"....read the headline.

    "Hairston returns to practice"....DA... View More

    — Posted by TSKMFs

    So what? He's still suspended from some games according to the AD. That's all that matters.

  • RealSports Sep 26, 3:28 p.m.

    "Why do you say he's not suspended?"....read the headline.

    "Hairston returns to practice"....DA... View More

    — Posted by TSKMFs

    So what? He's still suspended from some games according to the AD. That's all that matters.

    — Posted by 4tarheels

    This story is reminiscent of Seinfeld, outside of Hairston making a public apology it is absolutely about nothing.

  • 24to14dean Sep 26, 3:31 p.m.

    Works for US!!

    WOOOOOOOOOT!!!!

    #GO HEELS!!!!

    I'm pretty sure God wants you to be a Lottery Pick in the NBA draft next year, PJ....don't disappoint us brosef!!

    *LOL @ ABCer Nation LOL*

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