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Williams: Issues are embarrassing

Posted July 15, 2013
Updated July 16, 2013

— University of North Carolina head basketball coach Roy Williams issued a statement Monday, addressing a June arrest by junior guard PJ Hairston.

Breaking his silence on the situation, Williams said, “PJ and I have had several discussions already, and he knows he has made serious mistakes and there will be serious consequences as a result. Certainly the idea of suspending PJ has been discussed. However, he is not currently enrolled in summer school, is not practicing with the team and we have no games until November.”

Williams went on to say, “There are several options available in terms of discipline but we are going to wait until the process is complete to decide on those options.”

Chris and Mike The Audible: Williams' statement on Hairston situation

Williams said that he was initially going to wait for the legal process to play out before making a statement, but changed his mind.

Hairston was arrested on June 5 at a traffic check point while in a rental vehicle that he has said he received from a Durham man named Haydn “Fats” Thomas. He was cited for driving without a license and misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

Two others in the car, Miykael Faulcon, a basketball player at Elizabeth City State, and 23-year-old Carlos Sanford were also charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession. All three men were released June 6 on $10,000 unsecured bonds.

A 9-mm hand gun and ammunition were discovered during the time of the stop, but Durham Police Department said last week that they do not plan on charging any of the three men in connection with the weapon.

A ECSU spokesperson said Monday that rising sophomore Faulcon is registered for fall classes at the school and they “are still in the process of gathering additional information and waiting for the judicial process to run its course.” The spokesperson added that the NCAA has not inquired about the situation or Faulcon.

UNC guard Leslie McDonald has also been in the headlines in recent weeks after he was pulled over in a borrowed vehicle on July 4. He was cited to be going 84 mph in a 55 while driving a car owned by a Durham man, Derrick Parker. McDonald also had a Twitter exchange in November linking him to Thomas where he stated he received a phone from “Fats”.

“Other issues have been written about recently that are disturbing and bother me deeply. Our basketball program is based on great ideals, and these issues are embarrassing,” Williams added. “These are not common in my 10 years as head coach at UNC and they will all be dealt with harshly and appropriately at the correct time to ensure that our program will not be compromised.

“We will care about each individual but there will be serious actions taken that will fix these issues. I take pride in our values and how we have conducted ourselves for a long time here at Carolina and this time will pass but it will be dealt with strongly.”

UNC athletic director Bubba Cunningham released a statement last week saying he, “will support the appropriate disciplinary measures" for any player if warranted at the completion of the university's investigation.”

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  • Hokies94 Jul 16, 8:52 p.m.

    Flagshipu - it is folks like you that make me dislike UNC. Your "holier than thou"... View More

    — Posted by Luv2Camp

    If you're judging all UNC grads by what has happened with some football players, you're selling... View More

    — Posted by GunnyGoesArrrgh

    I acknowledge what you have written in this one JGunn. It's all about telling the truth, and telling it from the heart. Not too many do this anymore on here. I wrote one 2 pages above about how I really feel about PJ Hairston, the University, and bascially how I feel in general.

  • 903 crybaby Jul 16, 8:19 p.m.

    Flagshipu - it is folks like you that make me dislike UNC. Your "holier than thou"... View More

    — Posted by Luv2Camp

    If you're judging all UNC grads by what has happened with some football players, you're selling... View More

    — Posted by GunnyGoesArrrgh

    If you don't believe state college fans hate us go to crackpride and read. I would bet Dr. Yow fits in to the hate club also.

  • 903 crybaby Jul 16, 8:17 p.m.

    ^^^Proof enough rash? pj playas tweet.......

    "PJ Hairston @Mr_Hairston15
    My first time... View More

    — Posted by TSKMFs

    didn't mention anything about someone renting a car for him.

  • GunnyGoesArrrgh Jul 16, 7:21 p.m.

    Flagshipu - it is folks like you that make me dislike UNC. Your "holier than thou"... View More

    — Posted by Luv2Camp

    If you're judging all UNC grads by what has happened with some football players, you're selling a lot of very smart hardworking grads short. The vast majority of students had to perform at the top of their class to be accepted to Carolina, and they had to work even harder to graduate Carolina.

  • GunnyGoesArrrgh Jul 16, 7:14 p.m.

    Abc'ers are embarrassing.

    — Posted by flagshipu

    I'm not embarrased, I'm a proud State fan and graduate. Hating UNC is part of being a FAN. Mich... View More

    — Posted by packfan07

    I don't hate anyone. It's not in my DNA, not how I was raised. As my mother would remind me... View More

    — Posted by unc70

    '70 - I think "hate" gets thrown around here a lot; I don't think folks really HATE their rivals. At least I hope not.

  • GunnyGoesArrrgh Jul 16, 7:07 p.m.

    What Roy Williams ACTUALLY means....

    "I'm not going to suspend my best player until a gun is... View More

    — Posted by thatrollslayer

    there you go! Well said, after what has happened with the football team, Ty Lawson(drunk... View More

    — Posted by edorsettii

    I believe Ty Lawson got tagged for underage drinking, not DUI, and it was reported to be the equivalent of drinking Nyquil. I'm NOT making excuses for PJ, but the Lawson incident was nothing, and I mean nothing in comparison.

  • TSKMFs Jul 16, 6:38 p.m.

    ^^^Proof enough rash? pj playas tweet.......

    "PJ Hairston @Mr_Hairston15
    My first time going to ATL with my boys instead any sort of basketball, this is gone be fun"

  • 903 crybaby Jul 16, 6:27 p.m.

    Facts: (1) He was driving a vehicle which stopped 80 yards short of a license check and switched... View More

    — Posted by Inter Alios

    Are you the arresting officer? I haven't seen anywhere where someone saw bullets and a gun thrown from the car. Can you provide a link? One and three are the same. Why? It's not a fact that he was given the car to drive to Atlanta. This was reported by Dan Kane not any reliable source. I haven't see any police officer testify to this in court. Again with he admitted he was a recreational user of marijuana. Can you provide any evidence from a police officer that he said that? Are you Dan Kane, or are you the arresting officer. It seems to me you are privy to fact no one else has. That why it's best to wait until all the true fact come out before passing judgment. Maybe you're just another ABC REDRAGER.

  • Hokies94 Jul 16, 6:05 p.m.

    Most 20 year olds experiment with MJ, alcohol, and take chances in meeting some unsavory people at this age. If PJ could do it all over again, he would have done things differently. Just like thousands of others before him. He messed up. Because PJ is considered a star for UNC's basketball team, he is held to a higher standard than most players out there. He is worth saving--for sure. I hope that he is suspeneded from playing for at least the first semester, and then allow him to pursue his dream. Don't kick him to the curb.

    UNC has been fortunate in the last 3 years going back to Davis, Blake, Baddour, Wiley, the Professor, no show classes, and etc. I hope that all of this doesn't make people from the University to the NCAA make an example of PJ Hairston. UNC can't keep on dodging tough issues; either.

  • Objective Scientist Jul 16, 6:05 p.m.

    Facts: (1) He was driving a vehicle which stopped 80 yards short of a license check and switched... View More

    — Posted by Inter Alios

    For your first post/comment this is a good one... I have said the same and therefore agree 100%!

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