You might have heard a large sound coming from UNC campus earlier today, it would have been the collective sigh of relief from all of the UNC Tar Heels fans over the PJ Hairston charges. That would be because, as reported by Scout.com, PJ Hairston was dismissed of all charges from his June arrest. At the time, Hairston was charged for possession of marijuana and driving without a license.
According to the court records, Hairston completed a drug assessment and based off those results, the state did not proceed with any charges. It was decided that his actions showed acceptance of his mistake and that Hairston wanted to account for them. Hairston also provided the courts with his valid driver’s license so any charge related to that was immediately dismissed.
At the time of the arrest, there was also a gun found near the outside of the rental car. There had been some speculation that the gun may have been thrown out of the car in an attempt to conceal it but no further evidence was found regarding the weapon. Police have said that they do not anticipate adding any new charges relating to the case.
While Hairston is coming off untouched from a legal standpoint, it remains to be seen what will happen with his college team. UNC’s head coach released a statement about a week ago adressing Hairston and his situation.
“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,” Williams said. “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.”
A lot of people believe Hairston will not receive any punishment from this, especially now that he has been freed of all charges. With the type of spotlight that has been shining on UNC recently, with their own scandal, it would be wise of them not to leave Hairston untouched. Even a small suspension would at least allow them to say that they addressed the situation and that it made the point that athletes should not be behaving that way in the public eye.
We will keep you updated as soon as UNC makes their decision regarding this situation, regardless of whether a suspension is handed down or not.