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P.J. Hairston suspended indefinitely after another traffic citation

Jul 28, 2013, 10:16 PM EDT

Virginia Tech North Carolina Basketball AP

Question: does P.J. Hairston want to play college basketball this season?

That’s about the only question that can be asked in light of a report from USA Today that the rising junior guard was charged with speeding and careless and reckless driving after being pulled over on Sunday.

According to the story, Hairston was driving 93 mph in a 65 mph zone on Interstate 85 just outside of Webb, N.C. As a result of this run-in the school announced that Hairston has been suspended indefinitely from the program.

Hairston, who will have to appear in court on August 30 to address Sunday’s charges, is just nine days removed from having charges of possession of marijuana and driving without a license that stemmed from a June 5 traffic stop in Durham, N.C. dropped.

In mid-July North Carolina head coach Roy Williams stated that Hairston would have to pay for his offseason transgressions, and Sunday’s developments seem to have forced his hand. While Hairston was never charged for the June traffic stop, one would think that the situation would serve as a “wake-up call” of sorts.

Yes mistakes do happen, but the specter of having to deal with the consequences for his actions didn’t prevent Hairston from being pulled over Sunday. There was still going to be punishment for the earlier issues according to Williams’ statement earlier in the month, but how severe would that have been had Hairston managed to stay out of trouble for the remainder of the summer?

“Our basketball program is based on great ideals, and these issues are embarrassing,” Williams said in a statement released on July 12. “These are not common in my 10 years as head coach at UNC, and they will all be dealt with harshly and appropriately at the correct time to ensure that our program will not be compromised.”

Sunday’s development has cast some doubt on Hairston’s future as a Tar Heel, and he has no one to blame but himself for this being the case.

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  1. cranespy - Jul 28, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    If he was at Duke or several other programs he would’ve already been cut loose……Ol Roy is getting more like Cal everyday.

    • kingghidora - Jul 29, 2013 at 4:38 PM

      You gotta love a good joke like this one! A UNC player screws up time after time and the response – Cal did it. What a JOKE! Thanks for the laughs. Oh and that stuff about Duke – ever hear of Corey Maggette? He ADMITTED taking cash from an agent which should have made him ineligible. That’s the same thing Memphis was charged with when Cal was there. Memphis had all their wins stripped. Duke got NOTHING!!!!!!! Memphis was told that Rose was eligible before the season started. After the season they reversed their decision and vacated every Memphis win. Yeah Cal’s the bad guy and good ole Duke is pure as the driven snow.

      Friend you are ridiculously out of touch with reality. Look these things up. They aren’t hard to find. Here I’ll give you the search terms. Use these terms then read the first article that comes up:

      Corey Maggette scandal Selective enforcement

      Then tell us all again how Cal is the bad guy and Duke is pure. I don’t know how anyone could be so incredibly out of touch with reality.

  2. cdawg1969 - Jul 28, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    You people are so damn stupid….”if he was at Duke…blah, blah, blah”. They won a championship with $100k of borrowed gold, so get over it. Just like other programs, but who gives a rat’s ass – – the bottom line, however, is that PJ must go. His last chance just exited the building if Roy has any nuts.

  3. jjohnb5393 - Jul 29, 2013 at 5:31 AM

    What does John Calipari have to do with this?

  4. seanb20124 - Jul 29, 2013 at 7:22 AM

    If Marshall Henderson can not get the boot, then PJ should be fine.

    • kingghidora - Jul 29, 2013 at 4:40 PM

      Henderson was permanently booted this morning.

  5. florida727 - Jul 29, 2013 at 8:39 AM

    The sad part of this is that PJ probably doesn’t care. He’s already been labeled as a high draft pick in the NBA by some so-called experts, so he probably figures he can do whatever he wants, whenever he wants, and he’s still going to make millions for playing a game.

  6. lundy337 - Jul 29, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    Old hick Roy needs to just be done with PJ and give him the permanent boot. That boy is seriously unlucky. It is eventually going to rub off on the whole team!

    Just how unlucky is he?
    1. 1st speeding ticket this summer in a rented Camaro (According to unc this is the ONLY time he drove this impermissable benefit).
    2. Arrested at a checkpoint in ANOTHER RENTED car donated by a felon, Yukon this time, with misdemeanor weed, possible gun, and distribution amounts of weed, charges dropped of course, handled by a unc attorney, (According to unc this is the ONLY time he was driving that vehicle). And what about those other non-NBA types in the vehicle? Have their charges been handled and dropped no charge by a unc attorney?
    3. Underage drinking at the beach with photos all over social media (Again this is the first time PJ has ever done this and serious consequences, blah, blah, blah).
    4. Now speeding / reckless driving. (They can’t exactly say this is the first time so….)

    Who’s car was this? Rumor is 3 ladies were in the car with him and if the rumor of their whereabouts and activities this weekend are true, then PJ ain’t passing a drug test this time.

    “These are not common in my 10 years as head coach at UNC, and they will all be dealt with harshly and appropriately at the correct time to ensure that our program will not be compromised.”
    Yeah right Roy, this is common in your program, it just hasn’t ever seen the light of day. Your PR firm and contacts can’t control social media and idiots!

    The only harsh dealings will be when you start to lose a lot of games. Therefore, PJ still has a chance to play. He has all the power, he can spill all the beans and leave the program in a wasteland and go take NBA millions if he so choses. Thugs have no sympathies towards a college alma mater. It’s not like PJ was going to real classes and working really hard to graduate. Does anybody really think this idiot is getting a proper education at “the public ivy”?

    Bhwahahahaahaa! Excuse me I had to laugh out loud at that public ivy part…
    It’s really orange county community college with semi pro athletics.
    unc-CHeat Carheels
    LOL! It never gets old….

    • kingghidora - Jul 29, 2013 at 4:43 PM

      I agree with you for the most part but Delaware is the public ivy league school. That’s where former UK president David Roselle got a job right after he sold out UK back in 1989. BTW they also pay more than any other university for their presidents. Funny how that works. The NCAA railroads UK on phony evidence (proven in court to be phony) and the guy that sold them out and caved to the NCAA got the best university president’s job in the nation. Funny stuff.

  7. lundy337 - Jul 29, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    I have no dog in that fight about the University of Delaware’s status. Honestly I didn’t know it existed and had to look it up. Don’t take that as a slight, it has more to do with my geography than anything else.
    The issue of NCAA favorites is very sordid. I long for the days when the NCAA wasn’t out to protect certain brands and high viewer matchups on ESPN. When did Universities become brands anyway?

    The “public ivy” comment is a unc-CHeat favorite. It’s right up there with the “carolina way” and a long “history of distinguished honors” and “we do things the right way,” a “special place to educate all the people of North Carolina” and blah, blah, blah, and more blah…
    It’s all bunk, and has been for a long time. It’s like a lie that keeps being repeated.
    The real motto at unc-CHeat is “to seem rather than to be.”

    Don’t get me wrong there are some folks getting an education there, but when everything from attendence records at football games (overstated) to number of sexual assaults on campus (under reported) to number of classes that have been faked for athletes is a lie. Well then you start to question the entire operation. Makes you wonder about those #1 rankings in US News reports on colleges.
    Don’t take my word for all of it. Do a Google search on “unc scandal” that will provide you enough reading to get through the end of the year….

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