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Haydn ‘Fats’ Thomas was in court on Tuesday on drug, gun charges

Jul 17, 2013, 12:20 PM EST

Roy Williams AP

Without question, the biggest concern that readers of this site have regarding Haydn ‘Fats’ Thomas is whether or not he has any connection to an NBA agent.

Why?

Because he spent more that $15,000 no rental cars since February, according to a report from USA Today. One of the cars he rented was being driven by PJ Hairston when he was caught driving on a suspended license with weed in his car last month. Another car rented by a woman that lives with Thomas was being driven by Hairston when he was pulled over for speeding.

If it turns out that the money used to rent those cars was funneled to Fats by an agent — remember, the NCAA is investigating Hairston’s relationship with Rodney Blackstock, the man that was tangled up in the Ben McLemore story from back in May — than Hairston’s NCAA career could be in serious jeopardy.

But for Fats, the NCAA is the least of his worries, as he was in court on Tuesday facing felony drug and gun charges. Those are the kind of guys that you want hanging out with your basketball players, ain’t that right Roy Williams? From Laura Keeley of the Raleigh News & Observer (emphasis mine):

Thomas [...] was represented Tuesday in court by his lawyer, Randy Griffin. The assistant district attorney announced that the state has offered Thomas a plea and that the U.S. Attorney, Ripley Rand, has expressed an interest in the case. The judge, Jim Hardin, agreed to keep the case in the same setting and set the next court appearance for Aug. 19th.

When asked why the U.S. attorney was interested in Thomas, Griffin said, “I don’t know, maybe the State fans called him.”

Griffin is likely referring to this thread from the Pack Pride message board for NC State fans where the identity of Fats was first made public.

Basketball runs deep down in the Triangle.

You can find Rob on twitter @RobDauster.

  1. lundy337 - Jul 17, 2013 at 3:13 PM

    Rob,
    It is nice to see you finally being critical of unc’s and roy’s responses to this fiasco (or as I like to call it the continual dumpster fire that is chapel hill). It still hasn’t reached the level of train crash just yet.
    By the way I wonder what the new Chancellor has to say about all this? Brand new on the job from the Ivy league since July 1st and I haven’t heard a word. Neither has anybody else…

    While your emphasis on “State fans” is surely intended as comedic relief it really shouldn’t be.
    The shame is that as usual unc-CHeat gets caught and State fans point out the obvious. Why can’t the unc academic compliance office find half of what State fans find?
    What kind of record does unc have when it comes to self reporting? Surely there is some sort of history to be found? Past predicts future correct? There is gold to be found here…
    Finding nothing is an indicator in itself.

    And as far as a US Attorney interested in the case goes, well don’t let the unc spin machine turn this into the fault of State fans again. Maybe you should look into the background of Fats’ attorney as well as the US Attorney. I’ll think you’ll find they are both unc alums.

    Now I’m not saying there’s something fishy going on, but it certainly makes you go, hmmmm….
    At the very least the US Attorney should recluse himself.

    Tentacles and money Rob. That’s what it’s all about. Don’t think for a minute that the proximity of unc, Duke and State and the shared hatred between those three isn’t enough to drive people to do crazy things. The animosity between those three schools makes Ohio St./Michigan and Alabama/Auburn look pale in comparison.

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