Police: No new charges expected for Hairston
Posted July 10, 2013
Chapel Hill, N.C. — Durham Police told WRAL Wednesday they don't anticipate any additional charges against University of North Carolina basketball player P.J. Hairston following his June 5 traffic stop and arrest.
Hairston was charged with marijuana possession and driving without a license after a traffic stop in Durham in early June. A 9-mm handgun and ammunition were also found at the scene but police said they do not expect to file any charges related to the firearm.
"We are not releasing any additional information in regards to this incident," Durham Public Information Officer Kammie Michael told WRAL.
UNC Athletic Director Bubba Cunningham said in a statement Wednesday that the school is "still gathering information" in response to media reports about possible inappropriate conduct by men's basketball player P.J. Hairston.
Hairston has been pulled over twice in the last three months driving rental vehicles traced to the same Durham address, raising questions about how those cars were paid for.
Durham's Haydn “Fats” Thomas, 39, rented the silver GMC Yukon that Hairston was driving when he was pulled over June 5 and cited for driving without a license and possession of marijuana. In a May 13 stop, Hairston was charged with speeding while driving a vehicle rented by Thomas’ wife Catinia Farrington. Farrington rented the Chevrolet Camaro for 54 days ending June 17, at a cost of $3,249.
Thomas told WRAL Tuesday that he doesn't know what all the fuss is about.
He said if there was a problem, the NCAA would be knocking at his door and said that hasn't happened. He added that UNC and its athletic department have not contacted him either.
Thomas claimed he lent the vehicles to Miykael Faulcon, a basketball player at Elizabeth City State, and friend of Hairston. If Hairston was driving, it was because Faulcon let him do so, Thomas said. Faulcon was in the Yukon when Hairston was pulled over in Durham. During that stop, police found a half-ounce of marijuana, a 9mm handgun and ammunition in and near the car.
Cunningham did not address specific allegations or even name Hairston Wednesday and said the university will not make a specific comment until it has a "sufficient understanding of the facts involved."
"We are still gathering information, learning information from other sources, and will not comment until we have a firm grasp of each individual situation," he said. "Where the facts show mistakes in judgment and/or actions, Coach (Roy) Williams and I will support the appropriate disciplinary measures."
Thomas also acknowledged that cars rented in his name were ticketed on the UNC campus, but he again said Faulcon was likely the one on campus.
Thomas has been convicted of at least nine offenses – four of them felonies – in Durham and Wake counties since 2006. Offenses include drug paraphernalia possession, obtaining property by false pretense, carrying of a concealed weapon, possession of stolen goods and printing and spending false money.
But, Thomas said there is nothing criminal, and certainly no NCAA violation, regarding his ties to Hairston or other UNC players like Leslie McDonald or former basketball player John Henson. Thomas says that although he knows Hairston, he really doesn't "know" him. Thomas called their relationship a "passing acquaintance."