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Will Off-Season Incidents Hurt P.J. Hairston’s Status With North Carolina Tar Heels?

Bob Donnan-USA Today Sports

Back in early June, news surfaced of an arrest involving North Carolina Tar Heels star guard, P.J. Hairston.

Hairston and two other men in the car were arrested and charged with marijuana possession. The incident instantly grabbed headlines, especially considering his importance to the Tar Heels and his recent decision to return to North Carolina for the 2013-14 season.

The reports and details that have followed since his arrest have not been helpful one bit. In fact, a 9mm gun was found outside the car and in turns out that one of the men that Hairston was with is actually a convicted felon. Long story short, it’s a mess and now Hairston is awaiting a court date on Aug. 2 for the speeding ticket that he obtained back on May 13 while driving a rental car that has been linked Haydn “Fats” Thomas. That car and the one that were being driven during Hairston’s arrest in June have racked up a whopping $3,249.00 during a 54-day span. While that is not directly on Hairston, he’s still be connected to both rentals.

In all of this, North Carolina head coach Roy Williams has remained mum and he doesn’t appear set on making any decisions regarding Hairston anytime soon. In fact, he’s been quiet for over a month now, so why would he touch upon a decision until things are sorted out completely?

Williams and the Tar Heels need Hairston, so like it or not, this is a touchy situation. North Carolina does not want to act until it has all the details and things pan out a bit more leading more towards next fall. It makes sense.

It’s still wait and see time for UNC and Tar Heels’ fans.

 

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