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Report: Four cars rented by Fats Thomas, associate got nine parking tickets on UNC campus

Jul 9, 2013, 3:11 PM EDT

Roy Williams AP

And you thought we were done with PJ Hairston news today.

Eric Prisbell — who has been all over this story — and Rachel Axon of USA Today dug up more evidence that Fats Thomas, a convicted felon that rented the 2013 GMC Yukon that PJ Hairston was pulled over in during his arrest in early June, has close ties to UNC athletes:

Between Feb. 22 and May 28, the nine citations were issued for four rental vehicles that either Thomas or a Catinia Farrington, a woman who shares his Durham, N.C., address, rented from the Hertz location at the Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

This isn’t a smoking gun by any stretch, because it’s not known who was driving the vehicles when they were parked illegally, but the circumstantial evidence is starting to build.

All told, Thomas and Farrington spentĀ $15,020.35 on vehicle rentals from the RDU Hertz over a four-month stretch from Feb. 14th through June 25th.

Oh, and they still owe $315 in unpaid parking tickets.

You can find Rob on twitter @RobDauster.

  1. lundy337 - Jul 10, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    Rob, Rob, Rob, SMH… I thought you were starting to come around?!
    So this isn’t a smoking gun huh? You’re a “sports journalist” so I’ll give you a break. The big question everyone should be asking is WHY??? And after that maybe HOW???

    Fatz the felon claims he doesn’t know and is not a fan of unc. Well WHY is he there so much that he’s getting 9 parking tickets. When I was in school I averaged a ticket about 1 out of every 5 times I parked someplace I shouldn’t be. So lets not play dumb and say these are the only instances.

    WHY were 2 of the cars reportedly given citations on the SAME DAY? I’ve got lots of cars but I can only drive one at a time. C’mon man!

    WHY is Fatz the felon loaning these rentals out? HOW does this guy and his “lady friend” have $15K to blow on rental cars? Their address is easily found on the net and the Panamera’s and Cayenne’s that were shown in Fatz’ driveway (from John Henson’s, YES THAT JOHN HENSON, twitter account). Well those Porsches are a little out of place in that neighborhood.

    So WHY, WHY, WHY? Known felons just don’t let kids ride around in cars for nothing in exchange.
    HOW is Fatz getting the cash? What are his connections?

    Are we back to the point shaving scandals that unc was busted for in the 50’s and 60’s that ousted Frank McGuire? Is that HOW Fatz makes his $$$?
    Is Fatz an agent middleman? Is he just a buffer/conduit for agent money?
    Or perhaps all of Fatz’ unc Dental Foundation connections are where he gets the money from? A nice fall guy/conduit from boosters and an already shady dental foundation (Search Kupec/Hansbrough)?

    Follow the $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

  2. cranespy - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    All we ever hear is how much smarter they are in the ACC as compared to the SEC………at least in BBN they NEVER put parking tickets on rental cars!

  3. lundy337 - Jul 10, 2013 at 2:17 PM

    Don’t let the ACC fool you. They MAY actually BE smarter at Duke, Wake, GT, UVA but definitely not unc.

    The smug charade is coming apart at the seams.

    Remember the “carolina way” = to seem, rather than to be.
    After all unc is just another state funded school masquerading as a Duke/Stanford. Show me widespread academic misconduct at those type of universities that was discovered at unc and I’ll sell you a bridge…

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