The North Carolina Tar Heels have indefinitely suspended their leading scorer from 2012, PJ Hairston. Below is the entire press release on the matter from GoHeels.com:
University of North Carolina men’s basketball coach Roy Williams has suspended P.J. Hairston from the basketball team indefinitely. Hairston, a rising junior guard from Greensboro, N.C., received a traffic citation for reckless driving on Sunday afternoon.
Hairston averaged 14.6 points in 34 games as a sophomore last season.
Talk about short and sweet. Unfortunately, his list of run-ins with the law since deciding to stay in school for a third season takes a bit more time to process.
Hairston’s most recent issue came on Sunday when he was pulled over for driving 93 miles per hour in a 65 MPH zone. For that he was cited for both speeding and reckless driving, with a court date set for Aug. 30.
On June 5, he was arrested for marijuana possession as well as driving without a license. Those charges were later dismissed, because Hairston was cooperative with the authorities.
While they were dismissed, the June 5 incident was a major red flag for both the school and the police. Since then, the issue of what cars he has actually been driving have come up on a couple different instances. His June issues came while driving a car rented by Haydn Thomas – a convicted felon. Police also found a gun in the car.
On May 13, he was ticketed for speeding while driving a car rented by Catinia Farrington. Farrington shares the same address as Thomas.
There are also questions as to whether or not Hairston is receiving improper benefits, as he is still a student-athlete at North Carolina.
All in all, Hairston’s basketball future is walking a fine line right now.
[H/T: SB Nation]