UNC Basketball Suspends P.J. Hairston After Speeding Arrest
Leading University of North Carolina scorer P.J. Hairston has been suspended indefinitely from the basketball team following his arrest on Sunday afternoon for driving 93 mph in a 65 mph zone, Associated Press reports in an article on The Huffington Post.
First Sgt. Jeff Gordon said the North Carolina Highway Patrol pulled Hairston over on southbound Interstate 85, near Salisbury, and cited him for speeding and reckless driving, and then released him. The 20-year-old Hairston was driving a 2008 Acura that is registered to Randi Lee Furr, 21, of Charlotte, who says she is his girlfriend, according to Rachel Axon and Eric Prisbell writing in USA TODAY.
This was the latest in a series of problems Hairston has had related to traffic citations. He was previous cited for speeding in a 2012 Camaro on May 13 that was rented to Catinia Farrington, a woman who shares the same home address as, and is in a relationship with, Haydn “Fats” Thomas, 39, of Durham, who is a convicted felon, USA TODAY writes.
USA TODAY details another incident:
Hairston was stopped at a license checkpoint on June 5 and was arrested for possession of marijuana and driving without a license. Those charges were dismissed on July 19 after Hairston complied with conditions of the court, including completing a drug assessment and providing a current driver’s license.
USA TODAY Sports first reported that the 2013 GMC Yukon that Hairston was driving at the time was rented by Thomas, 39, from June 2 to June 5 for $1,261.64, according to the Hertz rental receipt.
In a statement, North Carolina coach Roy Williams said on July 15 that Hairston committed serious mistakes and would face serious consequences as a result, USA TODAY writes. He went on to say:
Our basketball program is based on great ideals and these issues are embarrassing. These are not common in my 10 years as head coach at UNC and they will all be dealt with harshly and appropriately at the correct time to ensure that our program will not be compromised.
The 6’5″, 220-pound shooting guard/small forward, whose real name is Samuel Peter Hairston, Jr., according to GoHeels.com, finished his sophomore season earlier this year. As a sophomore, he averaged 14.6 points in 34 games, Huff Post writes.