On Thursday, star North Carolina guard and leading scorer PJ Hairston was arrested by Durham police following a license check. Initially, it was reported that police had charged Hairston with misdemeanor possession of marijuana and driving without a driver’s license.
However, Hairston’s problems may actually be far worse than initially believed.
So PJ Hairston had 43 grams of weed, with a gun and ammo, in a rental car in a shady part of Durham. That’s what I’m getting from the report
— Laura Keeley (@laurakeeley) June 7, 2013
The gun, as first reported by ABC 11, is a 9MM handgun that was discovered on the ground outside of Hairston’s vehicle during the traffic stop. CBS Sports has confirmed that a police forensics team is running tests on the weapon, with the current assumption being that one of the three people in the car (Hairston or one of the two passengers) may have tossed it out of the window with the approach of the authorities. If this turns out to be the case, Hairston’s future at North Carolina could become even more muddled.
As for the marijuana charge, the police report below staets officially that 43.2 grams where found in two separate bags. The maximum one can maintain in their possession at any given time in order to count as a misdemeanor is 42.5 grams (1.5 ounces). Thus, even if the gun is found to not have anything to do with Hairston, the baller could be facing a felony instead of a misdemeanor charge of marijuana possession.
Hairston’s 14.6 points per game average led the Tar Heels a year ago. Only a sophomore, he chose to stay in school for another year rather than take his talents to the NBA. Being caught with what was initially believed to be a small bag of pot may not have been punishable with anything more than a few games’ suspension. However, being caught with well over the misdemeanor limit for possession of marijuana as well as a handgun is a whole different story.
As of writing, the school has not made a statement regarding the new information pertaining to Hairston’s arrest.
Below is the full police report, courtesy CBS Sports.