CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Charlotte Hornets rookie P.J. Hairston says he and Cleveland Browns Pro Bowl receiver Josh Gordon decided to swap vehicles following a chance meeting at a grocery store.
Gordon was arrested driving while impaired in Hairston's 2015 Cadillac Escalade in Raleigh.That random encounter brought together two athletes who have had their share of troubles.
"My car is new and he had never seen it and I liked his car. He had a Mercedes so I said ok let's switch. I mean I was just being generous. I have a thing for saying yes and I felt like that wasn't a big deal so I said ok, we'll switch," Hairston told reporters Thursday.
A day after Gordon was arrested for DWI, a high school basketball player said Hairston punched him during a pickup game at a YMCA, leading to an August court hearing for Hairston.
Gordon is awaiting another possible NFL suspension for reportedly failing a drug test.Hairston's college career ended after several NCAA violations. He played in the NBA Development League before being selected in last month's NBA draft.