Hairston's pal returns to play for ECSU
Posted December 20, 2013
Elizabeth City, N.C. — The Elizabeth City State basketball player who was in the car when North Carolina’s PJ Hairston was stopped in June returned to the court Thursday.
Miykael Faulcon contributed 11 points in the Vikings' 81-77 win over The Apprentice School.
He was suspended nine games after he and Hairston were pulled over at a license checkpoint in Durham on June 5. Police found a half an ounce of marijuana, a 9-mm handgun and ammunition in and near the car. All charges against Hairston were later dismissed.
Faulcon has said he borrowed the rented silver GMC Yukon from Haydn "Fats" Thomas, a Durham man with connections to a number of high-profile University of North Carolina athletes past and present. The connection to Thomas has raised questions about whether Hairston got benefits that would be impermissible under NCAA eligibility standards.
Hairston has yet to play a game for the Tar Heels this season, although a UNC spokesman said earlier this week that a decision on his status was imminent.