Jul 3, 2013
Durham, N.C. — 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.
I think carolina will eventually clean up it's act but most of us are probably more concerned about all their ill gotten gain. :)- Posted by jgunn- Posted by Miltonroadwarrior- Posted by jgunn- Posted by Miltonroadwarrior
Say what? I didn't quite hear you over the calls by SACS investigators that hundreds of grads should be afforded access to courses so they might make their degrees whole. I guess those who chose or were instructed to take fraudulently structured no-show classes would disagree with you.
Generally speaking, these scandals are a stain on UNCCH as well as the state government. Where was the oversight? Why has there not been any action by the Board of Governors, Board of Trustees, state legislature or legal authorities? Their refusal to conduct a real investigation has allowed the unsavory elements within your school to dictate events...and we can see how that has worked out for you, image-wise.
I hope you can get off your high horse long enough to read: my daughter worked her tail off while she was at Carolina. You see, she was a REAL student. There were not any "no show" classes on her schedule. There were two worlds at Carolina - the "student/athlete" world, and the "student" world. I have no doubt that the diplomas of some "student/athletes" have lost value, but my daughter isn't one of them. She has an excellent job and makes a great living, and she EARNED every bit of it. I'd say Objective Scientist is another example of someone who did all his work at Carolina.
Painting such a broad stroke and putting every Carolina student and graduate into the same category is a big mistake and an unfair judgment.
I am not saying that all or even a majority of real students at Carolina committed academic fraud. What I am doing is calling out those real students and alum to speak up. Demand that this bs be cleaned up. You and others may not like the implications but athletes and frat boys who abused the system for an easy degree go out into the working world unprepared to do real work. I doubt that you would want anyone to associate your daughter with Marvin Austin or any of the other athletes who were shuffled through UNCCH and received fraudulent diplomas, and were as uneducated when they departed as they were when they arrived as freshmen.
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.