The biggest news story during the summer of 2013 was the saga of PJ Hairston, North Carolina’s leading returning scorer and arguably their most important piece heading into the 2013-2014 season.
Three times during the offseason, Hairston had a run-in with the law, all three involving traffic stops, two of which came while Hairston was driving a car rented by a convicted felon. The most noteworthy incident came on June 5th, when he was stopped in a car with weed in it and a gun found outside of it while driving on a suspended license. Those charges were eventually dropped, but after Williams said that Hairston would face “serious consequences” for his actions, he went and got caught going 93 mph in a 65 mph zone, getting hit with a reckless driving charge.
That earned Hairston the indefinite suspension he’s currently dealing with.
But just how long will that suspension last? Will the NCAA swoop in and make their own ruling on Hairston? Did the money that funded the rental cars have anything to do with Rodney Blackstock, Ben McLemore’s agent, whom the NCAA was previously investigating for his relationship with Hairston?
Not surprisingly, Williams is sick of talking about the most discussed subject of the summer. From the AP:
North Carolina coach Roy Williams says he’s “tired” of talking about suspended guard P.J. Hairston.
Williams spoke briefly to reporters after his round at the Wednesday pro-am at the Wyndham Championship.
When asked about Hairston’s situation, he said he’s “tired of reading about it, tired of talking about it” and declined to discuss it further.
Well, Roy, that’s what happens when you’re North Carolina and your best player spends his summer breaking the law and driving brand new cars that are rented for him by someone else.
Don’t expect it to get any easier with the season bearing down on us, either. The Tar Heels, with Hairston, has a chance to win the ACC this season. Without him, they are probably closer to being on the edge of the top 20. That’s a big difference, and until we’re let in on what, exactly, those “serious consequences” are going to be, Hairston is going to remain a major topic of conversation.
You want the talk to stop, Roy?
You can make that happen.