NFL's Gordon driving PJ Hairston's car at time of Saturday arrest

Posted July 7, 2014

— When Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon was arrested for DWI early Saturday morning in Raleigh, he was driving a vehicle registered to former University of North Carolina guard PJ Hairston, according to the record of that arrest. 

Hairston, whose full name is Samuel Peterson Hairston, Jr., is the registered owner of the 2015 Cadillac Escalade Gordon was driving when he was stopped shortly before 3 a.m. Saturday. When contacted by WRAL Monday, Hairston had no comment.

Gordon was pulled over for speeding and arrested for DWI with a blood alcohol concentration of .09; In North Carolina, anything over .08 is illegal. Gordon was traveling 50 mph in a 35 mph zone, according to police, and was following too closely.

Gordon's $500 bond was paid by Haydn “Fats” Thomas, a convicted felon from Durham who is linked to Hairston and to the rental cars he was driving in a series of traffic stops in the summer of 2013. Hairston's off-the-court troubles before what would have been his junior season led to his dismissal from UNC.

Hairson, who played last season in the NBA-Developmental League, was selected No. 26 overall in the 2014 NBA Draft by the Miami Heat before being traded to the Charlotte Hornets.

A day after Gordon's arrest, Hairston was back in the news for an altercation with a Northern Durham High School student Sunday during a pick-up game at the YMCA.

Gordon was already facing a year-long suspension by the NFL for failing an offseason drug test before his most recent arrest. He missed two games last season for violating the league’s drug policy.


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  • jscott13 Jul 11, 6:22 p.m.

    This guy must be just plain dumb.

  • JACKSON SAWYER REVENGE Jul 9, 1:00 p.m.

    unc to buy beach property so many many more can bury their heads in the sand.

  • concernedincary Jul 8, 8:34 p.m.

    This is not about Duke. This is about the type of athlete that is recruited. This is about athletes thinking they are above the rules of the NCAA. This needs to be stopped. I wish my children were able to get free rides to college; but I would have held them responsible to uphold the rules of the school.

  • allenmga Jul 8, 9:08 a.m.

    The same Duke lacrosse case where the prosecutor was disbarred for ethical misconduct and all... View More

    — Posted by allenmga

    Was not the point...he made a comment about money making things go away, and the Dook LAX boyz... View More

    — Posted by Rameses Van GogHeels

    I wouldn't consider hiring an attorney to defend yourself against rape allegations that turned... View More

    — Posted by allenmga

    LOL...yeah, nothing happened that night at the party..."officer, we were just trying to help... View More

    — Posted by Rameses Van GogHeels

    Far from a Duke or NCSU fan which gives me the ability to look at all this objectively. Hiring a stripper, while certainly embarrassing and to the University and lacrosse program, is not illegal. But again, you're running from the point. Your claim that the Duke lacrosse players put up a bunch of money to make a problem disappear is erroneous. They hired attorneys to defend them against false rape allegations, not to cover up the fact that they hired a stripper. Take off those baby blue blinders.

  • heelfan4l1fe Jul 7, 10:22 p.m.

    Seriously? You bashers do realize that he was kicked off of UNC's basketball team right? He... View More

    — Posted by vile garbage

    He might not be a unc problem but it shows you the caliber of person/athlete they sign. He will ... View More

    — Posted by early exit Roy

    Duke offered him a scholarship genius.

    — Posted by vile garbage


    Duke recruited TJ Harrison

    — Posted by modukev5saysbyebye

    I'm guessing people can get names wrong. I mean, heck, look how much you struggle with our own screen name, Mo/Heel Grad.

    Even you get confused. Repeatedly.

  • Tar Heels Blue Jul 7, 10:19 p.m.

    How is this news? This article is ridding piggyback to the fact the PJ got into a fight at the... View More

    — Posted by Tar Heels Blue

    It's hard to watch your beloved school fall into the world of unsavory critters ain't it?

    — Posted by landonsgrampa

    My beloved school? I attended UNC and am a supporter of those things that are right and just and ethically correct. We all are human and make mistakes and a single person or group of persons making a mistake do not speak for everyone else. I have not seen anyone post that there is not an issue that needs to be corrected at UNC, but face the fact that we all have issues in our lives that need improving. I can tell by your pious comment that you love to bash others. So be it. I do know that McCants was self centered while at UNC and seemed to have personality issues in the pros. BUT, that is his problem as an individual. I cannot change it, nor can you. So, am I proud to be a UNC fan and to have attended UNC, you better believe it. Do I realize there is an issue at UNC? Yes I do. But, no it's not hard for me to see what is going on at UNC, it does disturb me and I am confident it will be corrected.

  • modukev5saysbyebye Jul 7, 10:04 p.m.

    Seriously? You bashers do realize that he was kicked off of UNC's basketball team right? He... View More

    — Posted by vile garbage

    He might not be a unc problem but it shows you the caliber of person/athlete they sign. He will ... View More

    — Posted by early exit Roy

    Duke offered him a scholarship genius.

    — Posted by vile garbage


    Duke recruited TJ Harrison

  • heelfan4l1fe Jul 7, 9:38 p.m.

    Do you recall the Duke Lacrosse fiasco? I'm not talking about the fake rape, that was a... View More

    — Posted by heelfan4l1fe

    But do you really think having a team hire strippers for a team party is not embarrassing?

    It's... View More

    — Posted by 903 Born To Be Hated Dying To Be

    Really? How many major college sports teams have had parties with hired strippers and underaged drinking? You seem to think it is a regular event.

    I am amazed you would just condone that. Hiring stippers for a team party with underage drinking is just one of those things, huh? Yet you have no problem jumping all over college males who smoke pot.

    How amazingly convenient for you.

  • mxteam44 Jul 7, 9:24 p.m.

    The common denominator in all of this is Haydn “Fats” Thomas. Surely they can find something... View More

    — Posted by DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT

    Just because he loans cars to young, cash strapped athletes and bails out athletes with serious... View More

    — Posted by HGA_Matt

    Couldn't it have also been higher 20 minutes later?

    — Posted by Hammerhead

    Not likely, unless he had just chugged a beer or drink before he got on the road. And if that was the case, he would have blown higher than 0.09.

  • Rameses Van GogHeels Jul 7, 9:02 p.m.

    It's funny that a lot of folks on here speak about the types of players UNC signs. Let's not... View More

    — Posted by GETOUT


    It has nothing to do with them being better at the start.

    It has to do with the schools... View More

    — Posted by "Screen Name-8/20"

    Like Duke taught this student... View More

    — Posted by Rameses Van GogHeels

    And Duke dismissed the football player immediately. Duke also identified the students cheating... View More

    — Posted by miseem

    UNC dealt with it immediately once they found what is your point...that UNC did not find it quick enough...yeah, and that cocaine charge and b-school cheating just happened all of a sudden and it was the first time...silly Dookies...




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