North Carolina

Pot, license charges against UNC's Hairston dismissed

Posted July 22, 2013
Updated July 23, 2013

North Carolina's PJ Hairston during the Tar Heels' 79-76 victory over Maryland in the 60th ACC Tournament on Saturday, March 16, 2013 in Greensboro, NC (Photo by Jack Morton).

The district attorney's office on Friday dismissed all charges against University of North Carolina guard P.J. Hairston. 

Hairston and two others were arrested at a traffic checkpoint June 5 when police found marijuana in their vehicle. Hairston was also charged with driving without a license.

The marijuana totaled 43.2 grams, above the legal cutoff of 42 grams for a felony in North Carolina, but it was split into two bags. One bag contained 41.1 grams while the second contained 2.1 grams.

Hairston, Miykael Faulcon, a basketball player at Elizabeth City State University, and 23-year-old Carlos Sanford were arrested on misdemeanor drug charges. 

Charges remain against Faulcon and Sanford. They are due in court Aug. 6.

According to court records, Hairston obtained and completed a drug assessment, and the state decided not to proceed based on those actions.

He was also able to provide his current driver's license.

“Mr. Hairston’s case was treated like any other case,” said Durham County District Attorney Leon Stanback.

WRAL-TV contacted Hairston Monday but he said he had no comment on the situation.

The vehicle Hairston was driving was a rental, a silver GMC Yukon paid for by a Durham man who has been linked to Hairston's teammate Leslie McDonald. That connection, to Haydn "Fats" Thomas, has raised questions about whether Hairston's use of the car qualifies as impermissible benefits under NCAA eligibility standards.

Thomas claims he let Faulcon borrow the car, and he did not know Hairston would be driving.

Hairston faces another traffic violation, for speeding in another rented car, that one paid for by Thomas' wife, Catinia Farrington. 

In a statement last Monday, UNC head basketball coach Roy Williams said he was aware of Hairston's legal troubles and had talked to him about his actions.

"P.J. and I have had several discussions already, and he knows he has made serious mistakes and there will be serious consequences as a result," Williams said.

"Our basketball program is based on great ideals, and these issues are embarrassing," Williams said. 

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  • heelsforever Jul 23, 4:31 p.m.

    "If you mean Coach Rat, he recruited Hairston HARD, he just lost. Something tells me that... View More

    — Posted by raleighboy524

    Maybe you already know this, but you can click the "Quote" button and not have to cut and paste.

  • raleighboy524 Jul 23, 3:20 p.m.

    "If you mean Coach Rat, he recruited Hairston HARD, he just lost. Something tells me that if he chose Duke, he would have been admitted. -- EduartoEnriqueCota"

    I didn't mean Coach Rat at all, but I completely agree that Hairston would have been admitted to Duke. I was referring to the highly regarded mid-major schools and coaches. Duke makes significant admissions exceptions for its basketball players that it doesn't offer to non-athletes. Clearly so do UNC, State and most other big-time schools. That is not the way it should be, of course. And not all schools operate that way.

  • EduardoEnriqueCota Jul 23, 3:10 p.m.

    "He he, like ANY coach would do that [suspend for the ACC tourney and NCAA tourney]. Geez!... View More

    — Posted by raleighboy524

    If you mean Coach Rat, he recruited Hairston HARD, he just lost. Something tells me that if he chose Duke, he would have been admitted.

  • raleighboy524 Jul 23, 2:29 p.m.

    "He he, like ANY coach would do that [suspend for the ACC tourney and NCAA tourney]. Geez! -- heelsforever"

    You mean any ACC coach, or any coach? Probably no ACC coach would,especially these days. But I wonder what UCLA legend John Wooden would have done? Maybe that's not a good comparison. He wouldn't have recruited Hairston anyway. And there are several highly regarded mid-major coaches I can think of, including one in N.C., who I believe wouldn't think twice about such a suspension or even dismissal from the team. But, again, they would not have recruited Hairston, and he likely could not have gained admission. In addition, those coaches' schools would have insisted on very strong action -- something I do not hear coming from the UNC administration at all. That's very alarming. Athletics calls ALL the shots at UNC -- no question about it.

  • heelsforever Jul 23, 2:21 p.m.

    hahahahaha, all you ABCers, what now?????

    — Posted by Go Lee County

    [/quote]

    How can you possibly defend this? You ought to be embarrassed but I guess not huh? You... View More

    — Posted by gsb46

    I'll ask the question again; were you so outraged when all charges were dropped against JR Sweezy, not once, but twice? In one the old man was likely paid off to drop the assault charges and in the other the pot charges were dropped due to a technicality.

  • EduardoEnriqueCota Jul 23, 2:19 p.m.

    Suspend Hairston not for the first 4-5 games but for the ACC tourney and NCAA tourney. Williams... View More

    — Posted by raleighboy524

    He he, like ANY coach would do that. Geez!

    — Posted by heelsforever

    Gottfried would do it, as soon as he got off the golf course.

  • heelsforever Jul 23, 2:17 p.m.

    Suspend Hairston not for the first 4-5 games but for the ACC tourney and NCAA tourney. Williams... View More

    — Posted by raleighboy524

    He he, like ANY coach would do that. Geez!

  • bubbba Jul 23, 1:29 p.m.

    RE: Pot, license charges against Hairston dismissed would this have happened if it had been just ordinary joe blow/you/me? I DON'T THINK SO! Gotta love the fairness and equality that exists.
    - Posted by Scubagirl

    Relax, first time weed charges are almost always dismissed. Especially when it's your first criminal charge.

    -------------------------

    for first time felony charge?

  • Greg1968 Jul 23, 12:20 p.m.

    hahahahaha, all you ABCers, what now?????

    — Posted by Go Lee County

    [/quote]

    How can you possibly defend this? You ought to be embarrassed but I guess not huh? You... View More

    — Posted by gsb46

    Very well said, gsb46. Exactly what I was thinking.

  • raleighboy524 Jul 23, 12:17 p.m.

    RD n NC: You're wrong about my ABC status. I didn't attend an ACC school but have plenty of long and deep family ties to UNC. My thoughts very accurately reflect those of my relatives. I would say the same about State, Duke, etc. Saying that everybody is against UNC is not the right response to this highly embarrassing and shameful situation, especially in the context of all the disturbing revelations about UNC athletics in the past few years. The Hairston episode did't happen in a vacuum, which is why especially stern measures are needed for the long-term benefit of UNC sports.

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