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Leslie McDonald has been cleared, while reports say P.J. Hairston unlikely to play this season

Dec 18, 2013, 2:31 PM EST

Leslie McDonald, P.J. Hairston AP

On Wednesday afternoon, the NCAA announced that North Carolina guard Leslie McDonald had been cleared, effective immediately. He missed nine games and will have to pay $1,783 to the charity of his choice for receiving impressible benefits.

Sources informed Rand Getlin of Yahoo Sports McDonald was expected to be cleared, but the source was also said that P.J. Hairston is unlikely to play a game this season for the Tar Heels, according to the source.

In the statement the NCAA released on Wednesday, the last line read, “At this time, McDonald’s reinstatement request is the only one the NCAA has received from North Carolina.” That doesn’t offer much optimism for Hairston, who led the Tar Heels in scoring last season.

Hairston had a well-documented summer. He was pulled over twice by the police, both times he was driving vehicles rented by Fats Thomas, a convicted felon, who last month reached a plea deal for a previous arrest.

In July, Hairston was pulled over by authorities and cited with reckless driving. It was shortly thereafter that he was suspended indefinitely from the team.

McDonald averaged 7.2 points per game last season for the Tar Heels. Hairston, who elected to return to Chapel Hill for his junior season, could declare for the NBA draft a source told Yahoo Sports.

  1. nyheels29 - Dec 18, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    The report also states that the request for reinstatement for Leslie was only made by UNC on 12/17. This would imply that they only make the request when the investigation is finished. The two investigations were separate and unlikely to conclude on the same day anyway, this just means that the Leslie case was more clear cut. I think too much is being read into that line.

    That being said, a lot of what I have heard around the school and in Carolina message boards would also indicate that P.J. is unlikely to play this year.

    #FreePJ

  2. ceraser45 - Dec 18, 2013 at 3:23 PM

    Get that stupid FreePJ garbage out of here. He shouldn’t be allowed to play anyways since he likes to hang out with felons and get into there trash. I guess that is why he chose to play at UNC for academic cheaters

  3. ceraser45 - Dec 18, 2013 at 4:50 PM

    Too bad UNC fans don’t like the truth…You get what you cheat for

  4. cdawg1969 - Dec 18, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    So, ol’ “soft” Roy first applied to the NCAA for reinstatement of Leslie on 12/17…and hasn’t applied for PJ yet. Guess all these geniuses who declared Roy would slap these two on the wrist are eating a lot of crow now, eh? Just because he didn’t publicly air the dirty laundry doesn’t mean he wasn’t dealing with it.

  5. cdawg1969 - Dec 18, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    So, after tonight’s game, the AD says…

    “The University of North Carolina is working with P.J. Hairston and his family to settle a few unresolved issues that remain,” UNC AD Bubba Cunningham said in a statement. “We expect to have this matter resolved at the end of this week.”

    Anyone else think that means we’re working with the family about getting his belongings and helping him move out now that the semester is over and his scholarship money is no longer available??

    • cdawg1969 - Dec 18, 2013 at 10:53 PM

      Notice, he didn’t say anything about working with the NCAA, just PJ and his family. Goodbye PJ, you blew it!

  6. lundy337 - Dec 19, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    So ol Roy has the media lambasting the NCAA over something that that haven’t even submitted to them yet.
    And no one calls him or unc out on it.

    Unc fans really shouldn’t be surprised about getting lied to. Unc has lots of practice at it.

    I mean they aren’t known as unc-CHeats for no reason…

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