NFL's Gordon driving PJ Hairston's car at time of Saturday arrest
Posted July 7
Raleigh, N.C. — 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.