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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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  • justiceforall Jul 22, 10:05 a.m.

    What alumni paid this off? Where are the protests for justice?

  • claytontarheel Jul 22, 10:06 a.m.

    Kinda surprised they didn't try to make an example of him, but this is typical in these types of cases. I hope Roy is a little more harsh such as suspending him until second semester.

  • mike honcho Jul 22, 10:07 a.m.

    WOW.....money well spent.

  • Scubagirl Jul 22, 10:08 a.m.

    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.

  • Common Sense Man Jul 22, 10:09 a.m.

    would this have happened if it had been just ordinary joe blow/you/me? I DON'T THINK SO! Gotta... View More

    — Posted by Scubagirl

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

  • anti-Mako II Jul 22, 10:11 a.m.

    The driving without a license is understandable. We have all driven and forgotten our wallet once in a while, and the law will give one time to produce a valid license.

    The gun and pot charges??? Imagine that - dismissed. Now Roy can say "well no charges were filed so PJ will be back with the team." What a joke!

  • Common Sense Man Jul 22, 10:13 a.m.

    The driving without a license is understandable. We have all driven and forgotten our wallet... View More

    — Posted by anti-Mako II

    There were no gun charges. You're making stuff up.

  • RaleighPirate Jul 22, 10:14 a.m.

    Pfft, and now they are gone . . . .

  • ncstatefan215 Jul 22, 10:14 a.m.

    Doesn't matter. His idiocy opened up a large can of worms that UNC was hoping would remain covered...

    Fats Thomas renting vehicles for athletes. Fats Thomas being funded by UNC dental alumni.

  • masontom56 Jul 22, 10:14 a.m.

    Gee I wonder how that happened?...... oh yea, it's UNC

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