Some good news for PJ Hairston today, as per ESPN, police are done charging Hairston after investigating the information surrounding his arrest. This means that the lone charge pinned on Hairston will be possession of marijuana, which is a misdemeanor.
As for the gun found near the rented vehicle when Hairston was arrested on June 5th, it has not been attached to Hairston or any of his passengers. The police did not comment any further on the gun and it does not appear like it will have any connection to Hairston whatsoever. This in itself has to bring relief to everyone who was closely following this situation.
As for UNC, their athletic director, Bubba Cunningham, gave a statement earlier today that intimated that they were still deciding on their next move. In his statement, he did not name any players individually but it seemed fairly clear what he was talking about.
“We take these matters very seriously and are looking into these reports and the inferences they contain with all due diligence,” Cunningham said. “It is my practice not to comment on the individuals involved or the details surrounding these reports until we have sufficient understanding of the facts involved. We are still gathering information, learning information from other sources, and we will not comment until we have a strong grasp of each individual situation.”
Certainly this whole incident will have to come to some sort of suspension for Hairston. Not only did he break the law, from UNC’s standpoint, he made them look bad. This type of incident was the last thing the Tar Heels needed at the moment as they are also being investigated at the moment for possible violations of NCAA rules. The question isn’t if Hairston will be suspended but how long it will be.
At the moment, Hairston is unable to play basketball anyways after injuring himself at the tryout for Team USA’s World University Games roster. The Tar Heels will certainly want Hairston’s skills for their expected late season run into the NCAA tournament but it is likely they will have to suspend him for a significant amount of time at the start of the season to make an example of him.
Note: I mistakenly had the wrong Hairston as the picture, as pointed out in the comments (thanks for pointing out my mistake) that is my bad.