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Report: Another Hairston to Haydn Thomas link emerges

Jul 6, 2013, 8:31 PM EDT

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USA Today is really on top of things this summer. Eric Prisbell, the paper’s college basketball reporter, has found evidence of an earlier traffic stop in which Hairston was driving a car with ties to Haydn Thomas. Thomas is the man whose name appears on the rental receipt for the 2013 Yukon that Hairston was driving on June 5, when he was pulled over and arrested for marijuana possession.

Read CBT’s previous coverage of P.J. Hairston’s troublesome summer.

Now, evidence of a previous traffic stop has emerged, with arrows once again pointing from Hairston to Thomas.

From the USA Today report:

North Carolina’s leading scorer last basketball season, P.J. Hairston, was cited for speeding May 13 while driving a Hertz rental car that was paid for by a woman who shares a Durham address with Haydn Thomas, a convicted felon whose rented sports utility vehicle Hairston was driving when he was arrested last month.

Hairston was cited for speeding while driving a 2012 Chevrolet Camaro SS with Virginia license plates, a Durham County District Court clerk said. The Camaro was paid for by a woman named Catinia Farrington, whose Durham address matches that of Thomas, according to the Hertz receipt obtained by USA TODAY Sports.

Thomas has claimed he does not know Hairston, and that a series of coincidences resulted in Hairston driving his rental car. This second link, as circuitous as it may be, throws some doubt on that statement. We will, as always, keep an eye on this story, and tell you the minute we learn more.

Eric Angevine is the editor of Storming the Floor. He tweets @stfhoops.

  1. lundy337 - Jul 7, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    This has been up for almost a day and where are all the tarholers?

    I’m waiting to laugh about how this isn’t a NCAA issue, not a basketball issue, everybody does it, etc.

    How many rogues/dentists/agents/drug dealers are there at unc waiting to be thrown under the bus?

    Why haven’t we heard anything from the new Chancellor or her boss roy? The silence is deafening…

    Not even the corrupt NCAA can turn a blind eye forever to such indiscretions performed all while on probation.

    Unc is out of control, and they can no longer be trusted to investigate or root out their own problems. They would much rather pay PR firms to hide and cover up than to get to the bottom of anything.

    In the meantime with their academic/athletic scandal, agent scandal, sexual assault scandal, and car rental scandal all ongoing unc is quickly becoming the butt of a lot of jokes.

  2. dpanther12 - Jul 7, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    This unc-ch scandal would be a huge embarrassment to the state of North Carolina….if anyone were paying attention to it. For over three years, we’ve had one revelation after another. Perhaps now there will be some focus on the rampant corruption that’s gone unaddressed to this point.

    Sure there was that punishment their football team received for receiving illegal benefits revolving around gifts, agents (on the coaching staff) and runners with access to athletes and facilities. But since then, there have been dozens of red flags that have gone largely ignored…unexplained parking tickets (one athlete with 9 different license plates), hundreds of unauthorized grade changes, hundreds of abhorrent classes going back apparently at least 20 years, a star basketball player’s mom not only working on UNC’s staff, but also involved in a relationship with the head fund raiser (found out to be traveling across the country watching her son’s play basketball, apparently using taxpayer money that was allegedly repaid), dental school irregularities that also came with “assurances” of being on the up and up, and now most recently it appears their athletes (whom have been seen driving fancy cars for years) have been getting them from some of the most connected drug lords in the state.

    Problem is…as it is with those fancy cars, impossible graduation rates, etc…there were always warning signs. But instead of doing the painful, and taking an honest hard look into the situation…UNC has chosen to “deal” with every warning by looking the other way, turning a blind eye…playing the plausible deniability card. And when it’s exposed for them, they greet it with denial, deflection and in the case of many requests for PUBLIC information, outright refusal to comply with the law.

    It’s past time wishing for any integrity from UNC, it’s Board of Trustees or the UNC Board of Governor’s, the ACC, or wishing that the NCAA had the staff (or the desire) to address this from the start…but how does this level of corruption go largely unaddressed?

  3. udjokinme - Jul 7, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    Time for the NCAA to throw their magical “strict liability” dart at the randomized spinning wheel….

    For some reason I think that the dart is weighted in favor of the Tar Heels.

    The NCAA won’t stand in the way of “The Carolina Way”.

    Who would say to no to free cars, cell phones, and grades?

    • udjokinme - Jul 7, 2013 at 11:12 PM

      Edit: “Who would say no to free cars, cell phones, and grades?”

  4. mrtnnc - Jul 12, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    dpanther . . . Would that the powers that be at UNC-CH had “turned a blind eye” and “ignored the red flags” instead of taking their chosen course . . . standing tall, looking into the camera, denying any wrongdoing . . . while employing a public relations firm to shepherd them through the stone-walling process and doing whatever it took to subvert or slow the progress of any real investigation. They have indeed completely redefined “the Carolina Way” . . . such that anytime we taxpaying supporters of THE University hear the phrase, we should either cry or laugh scornfully. The “stonewallers” better hope that nothing illegal turns up, because at that point someone facing jail time just might flip and as Marvin Austin once threatened to do, really “spill the beans.”

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