Williams says Hairston faces ‘serious consequences’
by Eric Prisbell and Rachel Axon , USA TODAY Sports
North Carolina coach Roy Williams has discussed suspending his leading scorer following an offseason arrest, but Williams said in a statement released on Monday that any action against guard P.J. Hairston will come after the legal process is complete.
Calling recent revelations that came to light in media reports “disturbing” and “embarrassing,” Williams stated that Hairston has acknowledged “serious mistakes.”
Hairston, the Tar Heels’ leading scorer last season, was arrested on June 5 on charges of possessing marijuana and driving without a license. Since then, USA TODAY Sports first reported that he is tied to convicted felon Haydn Thomas by two Hertz rental vehicles, including the one he was arrested in.
“I initially decided not to make a statement about PJ (Hairston) until the legal process had been finalized. I believe that is the fair way that everyone should be treated and is the way of our country,” Williams said in a statement released on the university’s athletics website.
“PJ and I have had several discussions already and he knows he has made serious mistakes and there will be serious consequences as a result.Certainly the idea of suspending PJ has been discussed. However, he is not currently enrolled in summer school, is not practicing with the team and we have no games until November. There are several options available in terms of discipline but we are going to wait until the process is complete to decide on those options.”
Hairston’s June arrest came as he was driving a GMC Yukon rented by Thomas, 39. Hairston, 20, was stopped by Durham police at a license checkpoint. According to the police report, 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 other passengers in the vehicle – Miykael Faulcon, 20, and Carlos Sanford, 23, both of Durham – faces charges related to the gun.
The News & Observer in Raleigh reported Friday that Hairston admitted to borrowing the Yukon from Thomas to drive to Atlanta for the weekend.The newspaper confirmed the details in a lengthy narrative statement in part of … [For more on Roy Williams says P.J. Hairston faces 'serious consequences', click here.]