PJ Hairston's Future At North Carolina: UNC AD

10:30 PM, Aug 15, 2013   |    comments
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University of North Carolina athletics director Bubba Cunningham, speaking Thursday at a faculty retreat, hinted that men's basketball player P.J. Hairston will play in at least some of the Tar Heels' games in the 2013-14 season.

According to a tweet by Andy Bechtel, an associate professor of journalism who was attending the retreat, Cunningham was asked whether Hairston would play. According to Bechtel's tweet, Cunningham's reply was, "Yes, but not all the games."

Bechtel told ESPN.com that Cunningham was speaking about the overall strategic plan and opportunities for broadcasting and public relations students when the question was posted to him.

Hairston, the leading scorer for the Tar Heels last season at 14.6 points a game, has been in the spotlight in the offseason for a series of incidents and has been suspended indefinitely by coach Roy Williams.

The most recent incident came July 28 when Hairston was cited for speeding and careless and reckless driving. The suspension was announced a few hours later.

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UNC's news release announcing Hairston's suspension cited only his traffic citation, but in the past three months, he drove two rental cars linked to Durham, N.C., resident Haydn "Fats" Thomas.

Thomas, 39, is a convicted felon and party promoter with ties to several area college athletes.

Williams said in a statement July 15 that Hairston committed "serious mistakes" and would face "serious consequences as a result." Without specifying the misconduct, Williams called the issues "embarrassing."

After being stopped at a license checkpoint June 5, Hairston was arrested on charges of possessing marijuana and driving without a license. The charges were dismissed July 19, a Durham County court clerk said, and Hairston complied with the conditions of the court, which included completing a drug assessment and providing his current driver's license.

A 9-millimeter handgun and a magazine with nine rounds of ammunition were found outside the vehicle and seized during the traffic stop. Neither Hairston nor the two passengers in the vehicle - Miykael Faulcon, 20, and Carlos Sanford, 23, both of Durham - faced charges related to the gun.

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