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Hairston's pal returns to play for ECSU

Posted December 20, 2013

Miykael Faulcon, a basketball player at Elizabeth City State.

— 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.

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  • 75Tarheel Dec 20, 9:40 a.m.

    Glad this kid is back on the court. He's paid his dues to his Coach, the team and the fans.

    Good luck to him.

  • Toddler10-21 Dec 20, 5:39 a.m.

    Totally agree. PJ needs to tell the truth. Charges dropped against one, and charged the other. Wonder how things would have played out if pj went to ecsu, and fauclon went to Unc?

  • YouGotThatRight Dec 20, 1:44 a.m.

    Somethin' somethin', somethin' somethin' just ain't right (Keith Sweat). Sounds like a revenge piece after the N&O's Andrew Carter gave the details from the NCAA today. He's Hairston's pal but Faulcon's mama said she wished Hairston would tell the truth. Trudy said friends don't let a friend take the fall for his weed and rental cars. She also said her son did not even know Fats Haydn. Faulcon was cleared to play again and Hairston will probably miss the season. Something is wrong with the title of this article. Seems like a newspaper writer might be telling these guys "no snitchin'". I'm glad Trudy and her son are back on track because Hairston and the press did this guy wrong.

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