Cunningham: “I Will Support The Appropriate Disciplinary Measures”
CHAPEL HILL – In response to high volumes of rumblings surrounding the recent arrest of UNC basketball’s P.J. Hairston, Athletic Director Bubba Cunningham released a statement saying there’s nothing to say yet.
“The athletic department compliance staff and I are fully aware of recent media accounts related to our men’s basketball team. We take these matters very seriously and are looking into these reports and the inferences they contain with all due diligence. It is my practice not to comment on the individuals involved or the details surrounding these reports until we have sufficient understanding of the facts involved. We are still gathering information, learning information from other sources, and we will not comment until we have a strong grasp of each individual situation. Where the facts show mistakes in judgment and/or actions, Coach (Roy) Williams will take and I will support the appropriate disciplinary measures.
“The integrity of the University of North Carolina is of paramount concern to all of us and is the principle on which Coach Williams and the athletic department operate each and every day. The most responsible course of action, however, is to withhold judgment and comment until we are confident we have the facts to do so. I appreciate everyone’s understanding of that and we will bring these matters to resolution as soon as possible.”
Hairston was arrested on June 5 after being found driving without a license at a traffic stop in Durham. He and two other people in the car were charged with possession of marijuana.
The arrest report of Hairston also listed a 9mm gun, though reports indicate it was found on the ground near the car.