Hairston Suspended For Reckless Driving Charge
CHAPEL HILL – UNC men’s basketball coach Roy Williams has suspended leading scorer P.J. Hairston indefinitely, according to UNC Athletics. Hairston received a traffic citation for reckless driving on Sunday afternoon. This comes less than a week after charges against him, stemming from a June 5 arrest, were dismissed.
Hairston, 20, was driving 93 mph in a 65 mph zone on southbound Interstate 85 near Salisbury when a state trooper pulled him over around 4:30 p.m, First Sgt. Jeff Gordon told multiple media outlets. He was driving a 2008 Acura TL.
In June, the Greensboro native was arrested and charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession and driving without a license after getting stopped at a license checkpoint. Those charges were dismissed on July 22 after he completed a drug assessment and provided the court his current driver’s license.
Following the arrest, it was discovered that Hairston was driving a 2013 GMC Yukon rented under the name Haydn Thomas, a convicted felon who has been linked to other college athletes. Hairston was also cited for speeding in May while driving a 2012 Camaro SS rented by Catinia Farrington, a woman who shares the same home address as Thomas.
Hairston, a rising junior guard, averaged 14.6 points in 34 games last season.