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SUV in Hairston stop linked to Durham man

Posted July 3, 2013

— The SUV driven by University of North Carolina basketball player PJ Hairston when he was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana in early June was rented by a Durham man who had loaned the car to one of the passengers, according to an article published Wednesday by USA Today.

Haydn Thomas, 39, rented the car June 2 and returned it to Hertz near Raleigh-Durham International Airport on June 5 for a charge of $1,261.64. He said that he let Miykael Faulcon, a basketball player at Elizabeth City State, borrow the car “to go to a store” and that he did not know Hairston, according to the article.

Hairston, Faulcon and 23-year-old Carlos Sanford were pulled over at a license check point in Durham on June 5. Hairston, who was driving the rented silver Yukon, was cited with driving without a license and possession of marijuana.

The incident of the report also stated that a 9-mm handgun and a magazine with nine rounds of ammunition were found alongside the vehicle during the stop. None of the men has gun permits in Orange, Durham, Guilford or Wake counties.

The marijuana found totaled a half-ounce, the legal cutoff for a felony in North Carolina, but it was split into two bags. All three men were arrested on misdemeanor drug charges and released on $1,000 unsecured bonds. Hairston is due in court Aug. 6.

In the USA Today article, Thomas said, “he is not a University of North Carolina athletic booster nor is he connected to a sports agent.”

Both UNC and ECSU have said that they are waiting for the legal process before they make any decisions on the futures of the players. A statement from the NCAA last week stated, “we cannot comment on current, pending or potential investigations.”

If the car is found to have been specifically rented for one of the active players, it would denote an NCAA violation under the impermissible benefits umbrella.

Hairston, a rising junior at UNC, averaged 14.6 points and 4.3 rebounds per game last year. He was invited to try out for Team USA for the 2013 World University Games, but left before camp was over with a back injury. The university has not commented on the severity of the injury.


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  • StunGunn Jul 6, 2013

    '70 - I honestly believe that folks like you and Objective Scientist, Heelman73, and a few others are a true representation of Carolina alumni. You represent UNC in a very positive light, and you have every right to be outraged by what has gone on - what has been ALLOWED to go on. It is very disappointing to say the least. Coaches can't babysit players 24/7, so they need to be more selective in their recruiting, and put more emphasis on character as opposed to athletic prowess. Sometimes, you can get both - look at Gio, Marcus Paige, et al. I wish Hairston went Pro.

  • unc70 Jul 6, 2013

    I appreciate the civility of this thread the last few days, but I doubt it will last much longer. I was outraged when UNC hired Butch Davis, enough so I called the the WCHL radio special that night and in full rant. I shared my concerns in person with various UNC leaders. Like many UNC alum, I have tried to understand what really happened, clean it up, live with the embarrassment. I have hoped that we have gotten the worst academic issues under control.

    I have discussed before and still full expect the SoS investigation of sports agents will be bad for UNC and for many other schools. Given the unsealed documents on the SoS site, one should assume that they have all the phone, email, and bank records of every agent and every player with a nexus in NC. Since the release of those docs, the investigations have disappeared from view, until maybe the McLemore / Blackstock case. Given all of this, everyone at UNC and particularly PJ should have been very careful.

    Unfortunately, just the opposite. Over the 4th, I read all the stuff at PP and did some research on my own. While PP had some wild speculation initially, much of their work looks solid to me. It is about to go mainstream, and cause big problems for UNC. I am furious at Hairston for his reckless behavior, angry and frustrated at UNC not doing everything needed to put an end to such behavior.

    Hayden "Fats" Thomas is bad news. No UNC player should be allowed anywhere near him. That is without any ties he has with agents. This is bad news for UNC. I am livid.

  • StunGunn Jul 5, 2013


    Now THERE'S the MO I know and love:-)

    You kid, but I do think a lot of folks are not happy with Carolina's "ill gotten gain."

  • MoDuke v2 is gone Jul 5, 2013

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    I think carolina will eventually clean up it's act but most of us are probably more concerned about all their ill gotten gain. :)

  • StunGunn Jul 5, 2013

    OS - It's folks like you that give me the faith to believe UNC will get it right!

  • Objective Scientist Jul 5, 2013

    jgunn-- good insight, great comment/statement, well said!!!

  • StunGunn Jul 5, 2013

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    I agree with your statement that the majority of the academic fraud was orchestrated to benefit the athletes. I haven't heard anything about "Frat boys" benefitting from any of this. I believe the "real" students in some of those classes were put there so the classes would appear "normal" and not raise any red flags.

    The corruption is inexcusable and better measures have to be put in place, including recruitment. I thought a lot of the mess was cleaned up when Butch and Blake were fired (I don't agree with giving them any money, though), Baddour and Thorp stepped down, et al. Checks and balances have been put in place to ensure this doesn't happen again.

    I'm not sure alums or students will "speak up". I can't answer for them. It seems to me the alum and students speaking up the loudest are the ones from State, and they seem very bitter. It may be human nature for State fans, students, and alum to feel resentful at how Carolina has handled the scandal, because many feel State fell on the sword when they had their own scandal, and they want Carolina to do the same. It took State athletics years to recover from their punishments, and State fans want Carolina to suffer more than what many feel is a mere slap on the wrist. I can understand the frustration and resentment.

    At any rate, I believe Carolina will correct the academic and athletic issues. While this is a painful process, it is a necessary one. I care a lot more about success in the classroom than I do about winning on the field or court.

  • zanerx Jul 4, 2013

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    The clear connotation of "hauling" is transporting them in furtherance of selling them. No evidence that is what was going on here.

  • Miltonroadwarrior Jul 4, 2013

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    And here we have the typical response with excuses and omitted facts to soothe the ego of the average UNCCH alum and fan. You and I and all others really do not have any real idea just what occurred because all investigations were internal. There have never been any open and independent investigations to accurately assess just how far-reaching these scandals go.

    What the outsider sees is an arrogant and corrupt leadership at UNCCH and in the state government (try to find any separation between the two!). They have the nerve to tell everyone that they will investigate themselves. Name another situation where someone breaks rules or commits crimes and are allowed to investigate their own misdeeds.

    That is the root of most peoples' frustration with this 3+ year peeling of the onion. The lemmings just choose to bury their heads and declare all is well while the outsiders are determined to keep attacking until our state government decides to act on behalf of all citizens and tax payers to fix the corruption in chapel hill.

  • Miltonroadwarrior Jul 4, 2013

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    The majority of academic fraud was orchestrated to benefit the athletes. You conveniently omit the recent revelations where academic support, in place to assist athletes, were coordinating the fraudulent courses with the AFAM department. Even the Martin Report admitted that hundreds of fake courses and forged signatures to change grades were conducted to benefit athletes.

    These were the most obvious indiscretions, ones that were undeniable. The sad reality is that a vast majority of UNCCH alum and fans are choosing to be willfully ignorant about cheating schemes to benefit your athletic department. If you think this is small potatoes then you have chosen to ignore facts. Decades of cheating have provided your programs with an unfair advantage. Denying the significance of those nefarious schemes is another choice that you make instead of choosing to demand that the fraud stop.




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