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UNC's P.J. Hairston suspended after reckless driving charge

Posted July 28, 2013
Updated July 29, 2013

— University of North Carolina head men's basketball coach Roy Williams suspended his leading scorer Sunday night after he notched a third traffic stop in three months.

P.J. Hairston, 20, was cited with speeding and careless and reckless driving Sunday afternoon. First Sgt. Jeff Gordon with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol said Hairston was driving 93 mph in a 65 mph zone on southbound Interstate 85 near Salisbury.

Hairston was driving a 2008 Acura TL with North Carolina vanity license plate MissRLee. That plate is registered to Randi Lee Furr from Charlotte, a woman who has posted photos of Hairston on social media and refers to him as her boyfriend.

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Hairston was contacted by phone Monday afternoon and said he was "doing fine," but did not want to answer any questions. Both Hairston and Furr's Twitter accounts were taken down Monday afternoon.

Steve Kirschner, a spokesman for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Athletics Department, issued a statement late Sunday saying Williams had suspended Hairston indefinitely. UNC said Monday that the suspension will not affect Hairston's scholarship.

Hairston, who averaged 14.6 points in 34 games last season, has been pulled over three times since May. In two of those stops he was driving rental cars connected to a Durham man, leading to speculation that use of the vehicles may constitute an impermissible benefit and bring NCAA scrutiny again to Chapel Hill.

On May 13, Hairston was pulled over for speeding in Chevrolet Camaro. The address on that rental traced back to convicted felon and party promoter Haydn "Fats" Thomas.

On June 5, he was arrested and charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession and driving without a license when he was stopped in a silver Yukon at a checkpoint in Durham. That vehicle was also rented by Thomas.

Durham County prosecutors dismissed those charges July 22 after Hairston showed proof that he had a driver's license and had completed a drug assessment program.  

In an earlier statement, Williams said Hairston faced "serious consequences," including a possible suspension, for the drug arrest but that he had not yet decided on a punishment.

"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 on July 15. "Our basketball program is based on great ideals, and these issues are embarrassing."

Hairston is due in court Friday for the first speeding charge. He is due in Rowan County Court Aug. 30 for Sunday's incident.

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  • bblack Aug 1, 2013

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    there was NO GUN CHARGE... That gun was no more PJ's than any other passenger in that car.

    PJ passed his drug test.

    Graves tested positive multiple times (3 strikes you're out)

    PJ got caught speeding twice,
    and with the overall bad choices he's out.

    But with graves it literally was DON'T Smoke again. He smoked, he' gone.

  • kmorcomeback Jul 30, 2013

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    very true

  • REDRAGERS Jul 30, 2013

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    And somewhere there's a homeless man standing on a corner with a PackforLife tee shirt on wishing he had been smart enough to figure out how to have that money.

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again03 Jul 30, 2013

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    Somewhere, a jewel thief is also bragging about having over $130 million dollars in the bank.

    Kinda stinks that he didn't earn any of it.

  • CarolinaBlue (.791) Jul 30, 2013

    A lot of yelling about 2 speeding tickets! I couldn't hear you over the volume level of the below stats, could you please repeat?

    All Time Wins- 2090
    All Time Winning Percentage- .737
    NCAA Championships- 5
    NCAA Tournament Runner Up- 4
    All Americans- 49 players chosen 78 times
    ACC Regular Season Titles- 29
    ACC Tournament Titles- 17 NCAA Championship Games- 9 NCAA Final Fours- 18 NCAA Tournament Appearances- 44 NCAA Tournament Wins- 109 #1 Seeds in the NCAA Tournament- 14 Number of Weeks Ranked All Time in the Top-25 of the AP Poll- 808 Number of Times Defeating the #1 Ranked Team in the Country- 12 Pre-Tournament (Helm's) National Titles- 1

  • WPIDH4shizzy Jul 30, 2013

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    which word is "racist", tiny mind???

    is it "pansy" or "pastel"???

    chin up, doll!

    :)

  • heelsforever Jul 30, 2013

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    It was multiple times using weed that eventually got him the boot.

  • 903 PJ suspended til NCAA clears Jul 30, 2013

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    The chancellor at UNC's role is quite simple... When the school gets busted for scandal(s), (s)he is there to take the fall instead of the football or basketball coach. Just ask Holden Thorp...

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again03 Jul 30, 2013

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    He stunk at basketball. The holes are less forgiving of transgressions when the player stinks at his sport.

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again03 Jul 30, 2013

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    I've seen some go over 1,000 comments.

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