Earlier today, coach of the North Carolina Tar Heels, Roy Williams, released a statement on UNC’s website regarding PJ Hairston and his situation. As has been covered extensively on Busting Brackets and elsewhere around the web, Hairston was pulled over in a rented car by the police and caught with marijuana in his possession. A gun was later found near the outside of the rental car which launched a police investigation to figure out if Hairston, or any of his passengers, owned the gun in question. No new information has been released about the gun.
The rental car was later found out to be owned by Haydn Thomas. The man is a “party planner” and claims to only have known Hairston through his occupation. According to police documents, Hairston had been pulled over before driving a car rented by a woman who used the same address as Thomas. While the situation itself was sketchy, Hairston was only ultimately charged with possession of marijuana.
As the situation was unfolding, UNC kept its distance only saying that they would comment on the situation once they had all the information and the investigation was done. Today, Williams felt the need to break the silence and speak on behalf of the university. I think this was a good idea because they are a lot of people who have been attaching UNC to Hairston’s legal troubles even though they had nothing to do with what happened.
In his statement, Williams did not say what they would do to Hairston in terms of punishment. He did however talk about some possibilities and that nothing had been decided yet from the team or the university.
“PJ and I have had several discussions already and he knows he has made serious mistakes and there will be serious consequences as a result. Certainly the idea of suspending PJ has been discussed. However, he is not currently enrolled in summer school, is not practicing with the team and we have no games until November. There are several options available in terms of discipline but we are going to wait until the process is complete to decide on those options.”
If there are no further charges placed on Hairston and the marijuana charge is all that remains, it will eventually only be a blemish in his file if he can stay away from any further trouble. Hairston is a talented basketball player and hopefully this teaches him a lesson that his choices, and the company he keeps, could have very real consequences on his future.