DURHAM, N.C. -- Durham Police told WFMY News 2 that P.J. Hairston, the Charlotte Hornets draft choice was involved in a fight at the Durham YMCA Sunday. Police were called after Hairston allegedly punched a high school student.
Monday morning, P.J. Hairston was issued a misdemeanor criminal summons for assault and battery, WRAL-TV is reporting. According to the documents, Hairston must appear in front of a magistrate on August 8 to face those charges. Kentrell Barkley, the student who was involved in the altercation with Hairston has been ordered to appear at the hearing along with witnesses, the station reports.
Sunday night, Lt. Edwards with Durham Police told WFMY News 2's Liz Crawford the fight was minor after things got heated during a pick-up game but the high school student has a quote, "knot on his head."
Just ten days ago, P.J. Hairston officially became a part of the NBA. The Greensboro native was drafted 26th overall by the Charlotte Hornets.
It was a dream come true after a year of ups and downs. The former Dudley star has a reputation after getting into some trouble at Carolina. He was kicked off Roy Williams' squad last year and played most of last season in the NBA developmental league.
P.J. Hairston released the following statement:
"I want to apologize to the Hornets organization and our fans for creating this distraction. As this is now a legal matter, I cannot comment on the situation any further. I am truly sorry for any embarrassment that I have caused."
The Charlotte Hornets released the following statement Monday afternoon regarding P.J. Hairston:
"The organization is aware of the charges filed against P.J. Hairston regarding yesterday's incident. It is a legal matter and we will have no further comment until the legal process has run its course."
The Charlotte Hornets released a previous statement about the incident saying:
"The organization is aware of an incident this afternoon involving P.J. Hairston. We are in the process of gathering additional information and will have no further comment at this time."