UNC student paper catches P.J. on the court
Posted August 27, 2013
Chapel Hill, N.C. — P.J. Hairston, suspended from playing with his University of North Carolina Tar Heel teammates, can still hoop outside his Chapel Hill apartment. The Daily Tar Heel caught him doing just that Monday evening and even got the junior guard to comment on his situation.
Hairston’s summer has been checkered with legal issues and associations with a convicted felon. After he notched a third traffic violation in three months, head coach Roy Williams sat Hairston, his leading scorer from last season, with an indefinite suspension.
Director of Athletics Bubba Cunningham told a faculty gathering last week that Hairston would miss some games, but the length of his suspension is still to be determined.
Hairston told the DTH that he's "trying to stay positive," and that he expects to suit up before the season is out.
UNC’s basketball kick-off event, Late Night with Roy, is scheduled for Oct. 25. The season opens Nov. 8 against Oakland, and the first ACC game is Jan. 5 at Wake Forest. Before conference play begins, the Tar Heels face high-profile opponents Michigan State (Dec. 4), Kentucky (Dec. 14) and Texas (Dec. 18).
On May 13, Hairston was pulled over for speeding in a rented Chevrolet Camaro that 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.
Those charges against Hairston were dismissed when he completed a drug assessment and provided proof of a valid license.