More often than not, the powers that be in College Basketball programs across the come come off as money-hungry fools. However, that stereotype was tested on Friday as the North Carolina Tar Heels acted with some integrity. North Carolina decided that it would not would seek reinstatement for P.J. Hairston, which means the forward’s once-promising career at the school is over after just two seasons.
This move is considered a curveball as Tar Heels athletic director Bubba Cunningham stuck his neck out in the summer by saying Hairston would play for the Tar Heels in 2013-14, despite a few major off-the-court issues. Unfortunately, Hairston wasn’t so lucky and has himself to blame for UNC showing him the door. In fact, had Hairston not gotten arrested in June with a 9mm gun, nine rounds of ammunition and drug paraphernalia inside a 2013 GMC Yukon then the star forward would be on a straight path to the first round of the 2014 NBA Draft. Not to mention, reports have surfaced that the Yukon was a rental car that was actually rented out by an ex-felon.
So let’s quit with the “Free P.J.” chants.
At the end of the day; North Carolina made the right move by telling Hairston to get lost as this kind of behavior shouldn’t be supported by universities. I mean come on, this isn’t College Football!