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Hairston charges dismissed because of course they are

All charges against North Carolina’s P.J. Hairston have been dismissed. The gun-toting, rental car-driving, marijuana-smoking sophomore guard completed a drug assessment and the state of North Carolina decided not to proceed based on those actions, learned this morning.

In case you missed it, Hairston was arrested last month after marijuana was found in the 2013 GMC Yukon he was driving. The incident reportĀ said police seized a 9mm handgun, a magazine with nine rounds of ammunition and a plastic bag containing 41.1 grams of marijuana found outside of the car, but no additional charges were filed with the misdemeanor marijuana possession.

Last week UNC head coach Roy Williams said he’ll wait until the legal process is complete before he makes a decision on disciplining his star player.

Bet P.J.’s back for Kentucky. Bet P.J.’s back for Kentucky.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

68 Comments for Hairston charges dismissed because of course they are

  1. WOW
    10:17 am July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Man … UNC gets off the hook with everything. I can’t imagine what UK would get if in the same position.

  2. pawn star
    10:19 am July 22, 2013 Permalink

    when did 41 grams become a misdemeanor?? Thats a lot of dope!!!

  3. Maddman
    10:19 am July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Duke and North Carolina will always get off the hook! Kentucky well we all know the haters would be crawling out and demanding Cal’s head!!! No surprise here folks.

  4. uk3k
    10:20 am July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Wow, if that was anyone else they would be facing years in jail.

  5. Catlanta
    10:20 am July 22, 2013 Permalink

    UK can beat UNC with or without Hairston— let him play BUT if it was UK the NY Post and Pete would have crucified him, Coah Cal and the Joe B for good measure!

  6. Musehobo
    10:22 am July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Ugh. Now Roy will use the charges being dropped as an excuse to claim Hairston was “innocent”, and he won’t get crap. I thought he’s get off light with Roy, but didn’t expect him to get off the hook with the law. Judge must be a UNC fan.

  7. jpgott2
    10:22 am July 22, 2013 Permalink

    It is unbelievable that UNC keeps on getting away with this stuff!

  8. wardrobe malfunction
    10:24 am July 22, 2013 Permalink

    no surprise here, except it took a few days longer than i thought it would.
    Go Cats.

  9. Number 9
    10:29 am July 22, 2013 Permalink

    1. Getting away with African Studies and paying off the NCAA – $100,000
    2. Paying off officials to dismiss gun/drug charges – $50,000
    3. UK beating UNC twice in one season and winning Championship #9 – Priceless

  10. UNC
    10:31 am July 22, 2013 Permalink

    University of No Charges

  11. Chicago Chris
    10:32 am July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Lets be honest, it will make playing them more fun.

  12. Blueswade
    10:32 am July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Must be nice to cheat like a mutha and not have to worry about it.
    Way to go NCAA……You created this !

  13. Go Cats
    10:32 am July 22, 2013 Permalink


  14. MojoCat
    10:34 am July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Will the NCAA still proceed with an investigation? Duke and UNC are the NCAA’s sacred cows…what a joke!!

  15. Kevin
    10:35 am July 22, 2013 Permalink

    That is completely ridiculous. Between this and made up academics, how can they or the NCAA not be shameful of their actions. ACC is no longer a conference known for academics. They are a conference known for the ability to buy themselves out of trouble.

  16. Roy
    10:37 am July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Hmmm, do I keep him on the team or kick him off as other programs would do? NAHHHH!

  17. gottodoit
    10:40 am July 22, 2013 Permalink

    What does after “completing a drug assessment” mean?

  18. Ben
    10:41 am July 22, 2013 Permalink

    They are going to need a lot more then this bum to even come close to us next year. ‘

  19. scUkfan22
    10:42 am July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Dont know about North Carolina, but every state i’ve lived in misdemeanor posession stops at 28 grams, 41 grams is a felony anywhere usually with intent to distribute, besides simple posession usually goes out the window once you include the firearm.

  20. Han
    10:46 am July 22, 2013 Permalink

    2) Supposedly they divided the pot between the three people and the math still didn’t end up a misdemeanor, but that’s all they were charged for.

    Also, supposedly the handgun couldn’t be tied to them because it was outside the vehicle. Still no word on who it was registered to, if anyone.

    So PJ will get a 2 game slap on the wrist for it all, and the NCAA will determine the rental car stuff isn’t a violation because he didn’t know or something. Meanwhile, McDonald will get no penalty for the phone or mouthguard because they can’t prove he didn’t pay for the phone and they’ll say he didn’t get the mouthguard free and didn’t know he was used in the ad. Nevermind that ignorance isn’t an excuse for anyone else in the NCAA (except Cam Newton).

  21. Jughead
    10:46 am July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Don’t worry, this dimwit will screw up again. Then, we’ll have more fun watching Roy squirm.

  22. jpgott2
    10:47 am July 22, 2013 Permalink

    So he has 41 grams of drugs in the car, a gun laying right outside the vehicle, and the revelation that the car was rented by a known UNC associate…..Yet, all he has to do is complete some “drug assessment” (what the heck is that?) and he gets off?


  23. dude...
    10:48 am July 22, 2013 Permalink

    organized protests and DOJ intervention to follow?

  24. MojoCat
    10:49 am July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Well deserved @InsideCarolina haters twitter feed meltdown in 5…4…3…2…

  25. Roy
    10:53 am July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Man, that cost me a good hunk of change to make those charges go away.

  26. chill
    10:53 am July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Kids make mistakes! And whens the last time a UK player had to face these kinds of charges to compare it to? I’m just thankful for that!!! Plus I have faith that the kid will learn from this, if not, its only hurting HIS future! Hopefully Williams gives him the rightful punishment he deserves and people can move on from this UNC distraction!

  27. Al/in/Indy
    10:56 am July 22, 2013 Permalink

    NC and old Roy are the golden boys. I honestly think if any type of authorities were to actually witness a player in North Carolina (football/basketball) rob a bank, make a drug deal, kidnap, and jaywalk they would get off with a slap on the wrist and file charges to the fullest extent of the law for the Jay Walking charge!

  28. Bill in Owensboro
    11:03 am July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Regardless, he was still in a vehicle rented by a convicted felon and known UNC booster. There may be no criminal charges, but the NCAA “should” have a case for sanctions. Of course, we all know, the NCAA will most likely dismiss all wrong doing as well.

  29. J
    11:10 am July 22, 2013 Permalink

    You guys asking how UNC & DUKE get off and never get hammered on these things…This is why…The rest of the country has no idea it’s happening. We “UK Fans” know it’s happening only because we have it pointed out to us all the time by our media. ESPN is not gonna air stories about the bullshit UNC & DUKE get by with, the local media in New York is not gonna cover these stories…The bloggers for Iowa State probably aint doing blogs about these stories…We know because we dislike both teams and we know the bias the NCAA has towards UNC & DUKE and we all think it’s bullshit cause we know they would hammer UK and make national news out of it.
    The schools do their best to cover it up and the crooked ass NCAA works overtime to cover it up because they are the “teachers pet” schools and the NCAA knows if it ever got out on a national level and the world seen all the shit they let slide well any respect anyone has had for the NCAA would be gone.

  30. UKGrad83
    11:12 am July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Typical example of what this country has become – a place where no one has accountability for anything. It’s someone else’s fault. The kid may have done it but it wasn’t his fault so they’ll just let him go. Of course, we all know that he’ll move on and do something even more egregious but by then it won’t be UNC’s problem. Socialism at its best. Who is John Galt?

  31. AJ
    11:15 am July 22, 2013 Permalink

    I didnt expect anything less!! Those charges against a UK player would have National Implications and Coach Cal would have been Mauled by the biased Media.
    What a Shame, but it will make it that much sweeter to kick the crap out of them .

  32. The Comedian
    11:18 am July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Now that’s comedy!

  33. Thatfigures
    11:18 am July 22, 2013 Permalink

    #18 in the state of ky you are allowed one get out of jail card I forget what it’s called but if you accept the charges the judge will sent you to a drug program that isn’t hard you just go to a few classes and the charges will be dropped. I only know this because I went threw it.

  34. dude
    11:20 am July 22, 2013 Permalink

    #27 a) Kids do make mistakes…but kids only learn when there are held accountable for their actions. b) Don’t be a pacifist.

  35. Bluebloodtoo
    11:22 am July 22, 2013 Permalink

    The NCAA looks the other way, the local police look the other way, do they even pay taxes over there in Chapel Hill? This is blatantly wrong. When will anyone there be held accountable?

  36. Bluebloodtoo
    11:25 am July 22, 2013 Permalink

    27. I was a kid and I made mistakes, but I was held accountable for my mistakes. That’s why I learned not to make those mistakes again. And then we wonder why someone with millions of dollars would choose to kill someone when they have such a perfectly golden life; BECAUSE THEY WERE NEVER HELD ACCOUNTABLE.

  37. Drew
    11:26 am July 22, 2013 Permalink

    27. You are the biggest dumbass idiot who has ever commented on KSR. Then again you are a UNC fan. Karma’s a bitch and UNC will get theirs eventually.

  38. alacat
    11:29 am July 22, 2013 Permalink

    UNC = Ubiquitous Notorious Cheaters

  39. BlueDeuce
    11:30 am July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Crazy…and the only thing he will learn from this is he can do whatever he wants without any ramification. I really do think had this been a UK player it would be over for that player…heck, any other school and it would have been over more than likely. Hard to sit back and take the NCAA as anything other than a joke.

  40. LA
    11:32 am July 22, 2013 Permalink

    The oversight of the academic corruption at UNC and now this is proof positive that the NCAA should be disolved and a new governing body organized that puts players first and criminals in jail.

  41. NCAA rules guy
    11:39 am July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Okay people! Just so you understand where the NCAA stands, read our name again! North Carolina Athletics Association! Don’t you get it???

  42. Winston Churchill
    11:45 am July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Unbelievable. So, how far up does the unc protection go? A former governor, the police and/or judge, myriad “honorable” unc administrators and academicians…

    I’m beginning to think the “tin foil hats” are actually made of pure platinum.

  43. rob
    11:51 am July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Fast forward to 2018 headline: “PJ Hairston’s Story Sadly Reminds Us of Aaron Hernandez”

  44. Roy
    11:53 am July 22, 2013 Permalink

    41.1 grams isn’t anything. It’s just 6 quarters or oz and a half. You can have 8 oz’s (224 grams) in a car anything over that in the state of kentucky is a felony. Probably the same in NC.

  45. J in Orlando
    11:59 am July 22, 2013 Permalink

    23 I believe UNC uses the last 5 minutes of a Swahili class to do the drug assessment.

  46. 35 and 37
    12:02 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Yea I am sure you have made mistakes playing for a high profile D1 basketball team to right? Mistakes where everyone that hasnt wants to judge you in the public eye? You’ve been there before right? I’m the biggest UK fan that u will ever see, I don’t let my bias mindset take away that yes, he did make mistakes, yes, he should be held accountable for what happened, and yes, there was more than 1 other person in that car with him! I said earlier if u read and dont just look for what u want to see, that u would see I said I hope that he will learn from this and I am hopeful that Williams will bring down the proper punishment! If he doesn’t learn, than shame on them both! Way to assume and look into the future of someone u have no clue about.. And you’re an adult? I’m just thankful that one of our players is not in this mess! And never has been during an active season!

  47. NotFirst
    12:11 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    I agree with 45 (Roy) above, 1.5 ounces of weed is nothing. A little much for one man maybe, but when you’re riding dirty and hot boxing blunts with the bros it’s just a weekend’s supply.

    Other than the gun (which may not have been his), it should have been dismissed. UofL and UK players all seem to have nice cars too. And a lot of young men smoke weed.

    IMO, UNC should suspend him for all exhib games for the weed and 5 more games for the gun, and zero tolerance for anything else that happens (i.e., one more strike and he’s off the team.)

    I don’t know where that would put him in terms of the UK game, but honestly, I want their best shot, even if they beat us.

  48. Katdaddy
    12:17 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    44 I totally agree.

  49. Han
    12:32 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    20 years old is not a kid. You’re old enough to make decisions and be held accountable for them. Stop treating adults like kids just because they’re in college or play a sport, people.

  50. Academic Scandal Sweeper
    12:46 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Now a little more attention back to Academic Scandal at UNC – that’s going no where as well… Only in Morth Carolina…

  51. RealCatsFan
    12:47 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    You all act surprised or something! Did you honestly expect anything different? At this point, I think they could find bodies stashed in the kid’s dorm room, and the worst that would happen to him would be a 5 game suspension.

  52. Chris
    1:00 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    And to think that anything below a 3.5 GPA would have caused my scholarship to be revoked.

  53. Drew
    1:38 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    47. Yeah I’ve made my mistakes but not over an Ounce Weed and a gun. WTF are you talking about???!!!!! Dude should be charged with a couple of felonies and so what if he’s a high profile D1 athlete??? He isn’t any different from me and you. What just because he’s an athlete he doesn’t deserve the same type of punishment as any other 19 year old kid? What f*ckin planet do you live on?? Jesus some people just baffle me sometimes.

  54. J A Brooks
    2:04 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    The the NCAA doesn’t act on the impermissible benefits something has to be done. UNCs last 2 years is beyond ridiculous and they’ve had zero penalties

  55. UKGrad83
    2:20 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    @54 – I was going to tell 47 to go pound sand but your reply is much better.

  56. backpack
    2:23 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Keep dismissing cases and allow them to get away with this shit and you will end up with another Aaron Hernedez UNC** is above the law.

  57. She's A Caaawp!
    2:27 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    This is a joke! I’m aware that big time athletic programs get away with things (yes even Kentucky) but the kind of stuff that UNC is just casually strolling by with is mind blowing. The NCAA is denying eligibility to players who have transferred but played in 2 meaningless exhibition games, but PJ can use a car rented for him by someone else (which is cause enough for the NCAA to suspend him by the way) but he also gets away with drug possession, and carrying a weapon, among other things.

    This is on top of proven academic fraud that occurred for years!!! The NCAA needs to go, it’s that simple.

  58. scUkfan22
    2:39 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    I find it funny the bag of weed weighed out just a gram short of what would be a class I felony in north carolina.

  59. scUkfan22
    2:44 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    In NC less than 14.17 g is class 3 misdemeanor 14.17-42.51 g is class 1 misdemeanor and anything more is class 1 felony. Amazing how he was just short of that felony charge huh

  60. andrew
    2:47 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    What’s this whole “found outside of the car” business?

  61. Tampa Satchel
    3:00 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    18-A drug assessment is an interview(s) with a drug counselor who usually works for the court system (Drug Court) or an outside vendor who is contracted to administer these assessments.

    Basically you ask them a lot of questions about their past and current drug use, school and work performance, family etc. You then use their responses to determine quantitatively whether or not that are at risk and if they are, then what course of action will be prescribed.

    The forms are long and the questions are repeated many times with different wording and the answer are standardized, so if you are lying it will recognize that, though someone could be coached to pass it, but they would need to be fairly smart.

  62. Tampa Satchel
    3:13 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    61-someone inside the car tossed the evidence out to try to avoid being busted.

  63. Big Blue B-Rad
    4:00 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Ol’ Boy Roy had to make a quick call to the police. I can expect a couple UNC tickets were distributed.

  64. bob
    5:48 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    screw north carolina

  65. TT's Fake Boobs and Rat Face
    6:14 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    I think Roy will punish him. He will call up one of the fake professors from those fake classes they offer and make PJ do extra fake class work.

  66. Aaron C Bunch
    6:15 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    I still think that PJ is very sexy. I would like to work out with him.

  67. wabaco
    6:22 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    @ 2: 41 grams is only an ounce and a half. That’s also a misdemeanor in KY. It’s probably some brown frown. Like basketball even the weed is better in KY.