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Report: North Carolina’s PJ Hairston arrested on Wednesday night

Jun 6, 2013, 12:21 PM EDT

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North Carolina’s leading scorer PJ Hairston was arrested on Wednesday night and charged with possession of marijuana and driving without a license.

Hairston was stopped at a license checkpoint in a car with two other men. He was stopped near downtown Durham, according to the report, just about a mile from Duke’s campus.

Hairston is currently out on bond.

“We are aware of the situation involving one of our athletes,” UNC Senior Associate Athletic Director for Communications Steve Kirschner told ABC 11. “We are still gathering information and may comment further later.”

Hairston averaged 14.6 points last season. He is a key piece to a North Carolina team that is not going to be all that deep on the perimeter next season. The Tar Heels are 11th in our Preseason Top 25.

It will be interesting to see what comes out of this. If Hairston was only caught with a small amount of weed — i.e. he’s not selling it, he simply enjoys the occasional joint — than I don’t think this is all that big of a deal. The fact that college kids smoke weed isn’t exactly a groundbreaking discovery. I wouldn’t have an issue with a suspension, but nothing more than a game or two, something that drives home the point that driving around with pot on you while your license is suspended is a really stupid thing to do, especially when you’re a North Carolina player in Durham.

Hairston is a native of Greensboro, NC.

  1. gatordontplay - Jun 6, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    being arrested a mile from duke campus im calling conspiracy set up this one. thats a low ball move coach k

  2. ncarolinarn7 - Jun 6, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    Hasn’t most everyone in there teen years tried smoking? There is a lesson here if he’s paying attention a willing to learn it. Otherwise God allows us to keep repeating the same mistakes until we learn to make better choices.

    Negative consequences has a tendency to alter the choices of what we choose to do. He’ll learn. Watch a see. We’ve all done stupid things.

  3. imforbigblue - Jun 6, 2013 at 2:32 PM

    Give me a break it’s UNC there just like dUKe cheat and do bad things and get away Scott free. Old Roy will him miss two pre-season games and call it a day. If this was UK it would be look at all the bad players and coach Cal can’t control them kind of shit

    • lastsuhn - Jun 6, 2013 at 4:42 PM

      I think it’s just, your posts make no sense kind of sh*t

      • kingghidora - Jun 8, 2013 at 12:31 AM

        I understood him perfectly. It’s simple. If that happened to a UK player you people would be slamming him for years to come. But like all things UNC it gets swept under the rug (like hundreds of fake classes for basketball players – UK would have gotten the death penalty for that). The NCAA kisses ACC rear from Corey Maggette to the fake class scandal. And they take every shot they can at UK like banning Enes Kanter from playing after he did exactly what they told him to do. It was ok as long as he was going to Washington (Emmert’s former home) but do the same at UK – forget it, you can’t play. It’s called BIAS. The whole world recognizes the NCAA plays favorites like the Ohio St. players getting to play in a bowl game after getting caught cheating. Calipari has done nothing and you people slam him constantly. It’s a farce. And yet UK keeps kicking your can all over the place. You’ll never equal their number of titles despite the NCAA cakewalking your team to titles (which I saw for myself – refer to the UNC / Alabama game in 1982 where they gave UNC the ball 5 times in the last minute of the game so they could catch up and go ahead of Bama. It was worse than the ’72 Olympics).

    • stlouis1baseball - Jun 11, 2013 at 5:25 PM

      Wow…get over yourself. This is an article about a N. Carolina player.
      No one gives a flying phuq about UK’s corrupted ass “program.”

  4. nawlinsmitty - Jun 6, 2013 at 6:08 PM

    imforbigblue……….do they teach English at Kentucky?

    • kingghidora - Jun 8, 2013 at 12:33 AM

      Do they teach capitalization under the rock you came out from under?

      • stlouis1baseball - Jun 11, 2013 at 5:28 PM

        “Calipari has done nothing.”

        There are a huge number of Administrators (and Alumni) at UMASS and Memphis that would disagree with you. Nevertheless…carry on.

  5. gatordontplay - Jun 6, 2013 at 8:38 PM

    guys quit hating on imforbigblue he’s a little sensitive.. the rule on this website is imforbigblue can hate on any program because Kentucky is better but talking bad about Kentucky is off limits.. and for the record no Kentucky basketball player has ever smoked pot ever!!!! end of story

    oh and ps imforbigblue ask will graves about old royy disaplain on repeat abusers of substance abuse

    • kingghidora - Jun 8, 2013 at 12:35 AM

      You know what. They do teach that smoking and driving is a bad thing in Kentucky. Obviously nothing trumps basketball in Tarhole land. I knew that already from the fake classes scandal though. You people wouldn’t care if P.J. killed his mother as long as he stays in college. There certainly have been UK players who smoked weed. They were kicked off the team for it too.

  6. mazblast - Jun 8, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    It was a license checkpoint. They check the license of every driver there. This guy was a tool to be driving without a license, and once they had him on that, a search is routine.

    I don’t see a Doooook conspiracy here, just a dipstick who happens to play for Doooook’s arch-rival who was dumb enough to (a) drive without a license, (b) in Doooook’s backyard, (c) while carrying some recreational weed, (d) into a checkpoint that was probably well-publicized before the fact. He’ll probably get a fine on each count, maybe some meaningless probation, a hand-slap one- or two-game suspension from Coach Williams (non-conference home games, of course), and that will be it.

    And this has nothing to do with Kentucky. Go back to your glass houses, UK fans.

  7. lundy337 - Jun 9, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    What Rob leaves out in this wonderful piece of journalism is that Hairston does not have a drivers license.

    Hairston was driving a rented 2013 GMC Yukon. Easy research of social media (prior to it being deleted) showed that Hairston had been in possession of the Yukon for at least 3 weeks. Prior to the Yukon Hairston had posted photos of him driving a Camaro SS.

    So how does a 20 year old rent a vehicle that typically rents at $150-$200 per day while he is BOTH under 21 (the usual minimum legal age to rent a car in the state) and also without possession of a drivers license? And who rents a car this expensive in their hometown for 3 weeks? Only someone trying to hide illegal benefits maybe??

    The Weed or the gun found outside the car is NOT the story. The real story is the address provided on the rental agreement and where will this lead. I imagine the “Carolina way” is at work here.

    But then again I’m sure you will hear some unc PR bull about how this is an academic issue and how all students at unc are known to drive Yukons, smoke weed and carry guns…

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