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UNC Basketball Star, P.J. Hairston, To Miss Some Games

  • Ryan Kantor

This past July, P.J. Hairston was cited for driving “carelessly and recklessly” (nearly 30 MPH over the speed limit). This came just shortly after another more severe incident in which he was pulled over while driving a rental car with illegal drugs and a gun “coincidentally” on the ground outside the car. The rental was paid for by a convicted felon–potentially an issue with the NCAA.

Obviously this is pretty bad, and could merit outright dismissal from the team. At minimum, it should merit some sort of suspension. It was unclear how UNC would react. They’ve now given us a little clarity.

One day after coach Roy Williams told reporters he was tired of talking about his leading returning scorer, North Carolina athletic director Bubba Cunningham told a group of professors at a faculty retreat that Hairston would play this season, “but not all the games.”

I never thought I’d say this, but kudos to UNC for doing the right thing. He should be suspended for a very significant portion of the season. It seems like it may be the case. ESPN’s Andy Katz believes he deserves a very long suspension as well.

Photo by Kevin Hu

Photo by Kevin Hu

Ryan Kantor is a contributor to He is a life-long Yankees fan and a proud Clemson alumnus, residing in North Carolina, where he works in marketing research. For more stories like this, you can visit his personal blog at

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