Has any athlete not named Aaron Hernandez had a worst month than North Carolina’s PJ Hairston? First he gets stopped and arrested by the cops carrying marijuana in a rented car near which a gun was later found. Then the news comes out that he is being investigated by the NCAA regarding his link with NBA agent Rodney Blackstock. Today news is coming out that he has injured his back at the University World Games and will be unable to continue.
As per the blog Fay Observer, he hurt himself in training camp and will be replaced as a finalist by Duke’s Rodney Hood. So to make matters worst for both Hairston and UNC fans, not only does he hurt himself, the player who takes his place plays for the Tar Heel’s most hated enemy. This could not get any worst for Hairston.
The roster has been set to 16 finalist, the other 15 being: Spencer Dinwiddie (Colorado), Yogi Ferrell (Indiana), Davante Gardner (Marquette), Treveon Graham (VCU), Jerian Grant (Notre Dame), Luke Hancock (Louisville), Tyler Haws (BYU), Cory Jefferson (Baylor), Sean Kilpatrick (Cincinnati), Alex Kirk (New Mexico), Doug McDermott (Creighton), Adreian Payne (Michigan State), Chasson Randle (Stanford), Will Sheehey (Indiana) and Aaron White (Iowa).
As of now, we do not have any details to how serious Hairston’s injury is or if he will miss any time in the regular season. Between his legal troubles and NCAA issue, it is possible he would be missing some game time at the start of the season anyways.
So far, he has not been charged with any sort of gun possession and the NCAA has not elaborated on the Blackstock situation. Hopefully the gun found near his rented car does not turn out to be his and he is clear of any real legal troubles. The weed problem will probably not result in anything more than a fine and possibly some community service.
For now, we offer our best wishes to Hairston and a speedy comeback from this newest set back. Unfortunately for him, his decision not to enter the NBA draft this year keeps evolving into a bigger comedy of errors at every turn.