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Joe Ovies

No Independence Day break for Tar Heels in the news

Posted July 7

PJ Hairston introduced as the newest member of the Charlotte Hornets

The Fourth of July fireworks stash from Fort Pedro's at South of the Border is spent, the embers from your weekend cookout have finally burned out and recycling bins are filled to capacity with crushed beer cans. Welcome back to the real world, ladies and gentlemen. Hope everyone feels refreshed and blessed to have enjoyed a break, because not everyone got one last week.

Just ask Tar Heel fans who had to keep dealing with more ridiculousness in the headlines. Let's run down the full week of news items that undoubtedly brought on headaches worse than a third round of your neighbor's margaritas.

After hearing the NCAA plans on coming back to campus, your reaction was probably something like this.

Then Mary Willingham filed a civil suit against North Carolina, felony fraud charges against Julius Nyang'oro were dropped because of his cooperation with investigators and Rashad McCants is talking to everyone except officials in Chapel Hill.

In non-academic scandal news, ESPN decided a head coach with two NCAA Championships and seven Final Four appearances wasn't good enough to crack the top 10 of their college basketball coach rankings. Turns out Roy Williams' resume gets him placed 16th out of 50.

Even an off-season news blurb about an NFL player getting popped for a DWI had Tar Heel connections. Turns out Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon was driving a car registered to PJ Hairston when he was pulled over on Glenwood Avenue. Gordon getting bailed out by Haydn "Fats" Thomas simply added delicious icing to the derp cake.

Yes, that Hadyn "Fats" Thomas.

And speaking of Hairston, he's due in court after an altercation with a high school basketball player at the Durham YMCA.

Now, can we adults and talk for a minute about Hairston? Cool.

Hairston's various transgressions dating back to last summer are relatively low calorie situations when digested individually. However, it ends up looking like Joey Chestnut after he's scarfed down 61 hot dogs when assessing Hairston's overall story arc.

First it was weed and a gun at a traffic stop in Durham. Then it was speeding and parking tickets, which turned into impermissible benefits involving rental cars. After he was given another opportunity to get his head on straight from Williams, Hairston was caught speeding again and immediately suspended indefinitely. Apparently Hairston and the NCAA weren't on the same page when it came to those rental cars, so North Carolina chalked him up to a lost cause on eligibility and didn't apply for his reinstatement. He wound up grinding for a season in the NBDL, where Hairston became somewhat of a curiosity leading up to the NBA Draft. The Charlotte Hornets thought enough of Hairston to select him late in the first round.  His former college coach lauded the journey and Hairston openly talked about learned lessons.

Well, about that.

Getting into a fight with a high schooler at the local YMCA isn't the best look, but it's really not a huge deal. Hanging with an NFL player during a holiday weekend, who ends up getting pulled over in your car, is an unfortunate circumstance. But then "Fats" Thomas shows up on the scene and you think back to all those other moments in the Hairston timeline.

It's not unreasonable to wonder if Hairston learned anything at all.

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  • PackFanaticInTheHizzy Jul 8, 5:19 p.m.

    Lol

    Hey... Look on the bright side, pansy fans... At least all this EMBARRASSING NEWS isn't further embarrassing you or anything.

    #LoveIt
    #FurtherEmbarrassment
    #ForA"School"InDireNeedOfNoFurtherEmbarrassment

    #GreatTimes

    :)

  • Brigand Jul 8, 5:16 p.m.

    Respect for the Cat gifs....just the right touch to the circus that is UNC fraud.

  • ACC EXPERT Jul 8, 4:11 p.m.

    how does anyone learn anything, when they are working with a UNC education?

    — Posted by dave437

    I worked as an Industrial Hygienist in the military after attending UNC and currently work at... View More

    — Posted by Tar Heels Blue

    it must be tough emptying bed pans over at the DUKE hospital

  • heelfan4l1fe Jul 8, 3:57 p.m.

    Good write Ovies!!! From this Grad, you get much respect!! I spent most of the week hiding... View More

    — Posted by heelgrad1978

    Poor Mo, busted and continuing his lie.

    Pathetic.

    — Posted by dooksuckso

    That is incredibly sad...a Duke fan wishing to be a UNC grad.

  • cjw6105 Jul 8, 1:27 p.m.

    Ridiculousness in the headlines?

    Just all the news that's fit to print.

  • Tar Heels Blue Jul 8, 1:12 p.m.

    how does anyone learn anything, when they are working with a UNC education?

    — Posted by dave437

    I worked as an Industrial Hygienist in the military after attending UNC and currently work at Duke (after having attended UNC), so where's the support for your short sited comment? Where did you go to college or what university did you attend? Your comment is baseless and downright ignorant.

  • 4tarheels Jul 8, 11:07 a.m.

    There is blood in the water and it's a feeding frenzy. Wow, just wow!

  • ACC EXPERT Jul 8, 9:26 a.m.

    McCants, Hairston, L Taylor and countless other will attached to the UNC tarholes forever Hole fans have always brought up the names of former players in the past about their achievements - how many time do they refer to all the pro players.
    you can't just dismiss the bad seed - and there are many. They are part of the family.

  • dave437 Jul 8, 9:19 a.m.

    how does anyone learn anything, when they are working with a UNC education?

  • Hammerhead Jul 8, 9:01 a.m.

    Mr. Ovies, PJ and any other athlete who has left their college/university either through... View More

    — Posted by Tar Heels Blue

    What do you expect from a radio personality that fills his post with cat .gifs? I'm beginning to... View More

    — Posted by lewiskr45

    Come on, you're supposed to think this is funny.

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