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USA Today reporter: UNC needs to make statement in Hairston case

Posted July 8, 2013

The USA Today reporter who uncovered the link between a Durham man and University of North Carolina basketball player P.J. Hairston said the man, Haydn Patrick “Fats” Thomas, lied about their relationship.

Eric Prisbell reported on Saturday that Thomas and Hairston are linked to two rental cars, both paid for by a woman who shares the same address as Thomas. Prisbell reported that Thomas is known to have relationships with other college athletes from around the country and makes a living as a party promoter.

“Thomas was not being truthful to me, you know, when he said that he has no connection to Carolina athletes,” Prisbell said while joining Mike and Mark on The World's Strongest Morning Show on 620 the Buzz Monday morning. ”He said he does not know PJ Hairston at all. It really takes a serious shot at his entire credibility.”

”Finally I was able to obtain the Hertz receipt that showed the plates on the Yukon on the Hertz receipt of Fats Thomas matched the plates that P.J. Hairston was driving on June 5."

“I spoke with Hayden Thomas twice on July 3, both times for about fifteen minutes each. He was confident that what he was telling me was the truth. Based on what I’ve reported so far there’s a second car, the 2012 Camaro SS, that P.J. Hairston was driving when he was cited for speeding on May 13. That’s linked to a woman that shares Thomas’ address.”

Law enforcement, university leaders, fans and the NCAA are curious about the link between Thomas, North Carolina athletics and Hairston. Prisbell says it is hard to tell if Thomas is an athletic booster or has any official role in his dealings with UNC athletes.

Prisbell said he hadn’t spoken to Thomas since the second rental car was discovered Saturday.

UNC officials have said they’re gathering information before commenting on the situation. “I thought they would comment by now on this on the record. I just think it’s in their best interest now to make some sort of statement about how much they know.”

“Hayden Thomas and a woman who shares his address rented that Camaro two times for 75 days for almost $6,000. At least on one of those days, P.J. Hairston was driving that Camaro. That’s a lot of money to put into rental cars, you know, and the question is why,” Prisbell said.

“I thought he would be indefinitely suspended pending an investigation.”
 



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  • QC Jul 10, 2013

    Let's take a closer look at Eric Prisbell... who is he? Does he have a criminal record? What are his qualifications? Who made him the boss of the world?

    No one. Fame wanna be.

  • The Greatest Ever Jul 9, 2013

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    Amen to that!

  • Riddickfield Jul 9, 2013

    I wonder if there is a way to check all those loaner cars that got all those parking tickets a few years ago and see if those too are linked to fats.

  • beckerunc Jul 9, 2013

    Statement..."We will comment when we have completed our investigation and know the facts"

  • The Rameses Ultimatum Jul 9, 2013

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    You will see something soon. But it's like the proverbial genie, once out of the bottle, can't put it back in. Patience is a virtue here as whatever steps UNC takes, they will be absolute. The other consideration is I'm sure they have engaged the NCAA and may be waiting on rulings having to do with any possible rules broken by the athlete. Quite a bit working here and as you can see, new info is coming out every week, so a pre-mature statement would have made them look foolish based on what has just been brought to light this week.

  • The Rameses Ultimatum Jul 9, 2013

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    It's called due process there Red Rager. Why don't you run down and get a job handling the investigation. Then once you spout off against lawyers advice and get sued, you can "grow a pair" while you are getting your ace handed to you. All in good time.

    BTW, what is your version of "The Carolina Way" since it's a philosophy on sports and life than has ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with this case.

  • heelsforever Jul 8, 2013

    Thank God this time UNC is handling the "situation" like SEC schools do and how d00k handled the Lance Thomas "situation".

  • mac240 Jul 8, 2013

    I'm sure Roy has put on his ruby red slippers...clicking the Heels and chanting "I wish I were in Kansas"!

  • MoDuke v2 is gone Jul 8, 2013

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    Yep, that's his MO. Did I just say that? ;)

  • StunGunn Jul 8, 2013

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    Why - do you think it will be something like: Fire. Ready. Aim?

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