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P.J. Hairston Admits Car Was Rented For Him


With each passing day it seems that North Carolina’s list of impending NCAA charges grows larger and larger, and the likelihood of the NCAA continuing to ignore whats going on in Chapel Hill gets smaller and smaller, hopefully. As most of you would know, UNC is faced with a multitude of alleged academic offenses such as the creation of a whole cluster of “no-show” classes designed to aid athletes in maintaining their eligibility, and now their leading scorer from last season, P.J. Hairston, was found driving a car rented by a felon with a half-ounce of marijuana in it. Not a good look for the school.


Initially it was reported that Haydn “Fats” Thomas, a local club promoter, was the one who rented the 2013 GMC Yukon that Hairston was pulled over in, although Thomas maintained that he rented the car for a mutual friend named Miykael Faulcon. Then, in an interview with Faulcon’s mother, she told the USA Today that her son had “no relationship” with the one they call “Fats”. Well according to the Raleigh News & Observer, someone’s lying, and its looking more and more like it’s the convicted felon Thomas (Shocked face). According to the police report filed on the traffic stop, Hairston admitted to the police that the car was rented for him by Thomas and that he also engages in “recreational marijuana use”. Hairston had also been previously ticketed in a 2012 Camaro that was also rented by Thomas, and records show that multiple other cars that Thomas rented had been given tickets on the UNC campus.


It’s clear that rules have been broken here, and with 90% of the leg work on this case having already been done by the media and the police department, it’ll be interesting to see how the NCAA fumbles this investigation on the 1-yard line.

Article written by Will Totten

Born in Indiana and raised in Louisville, I am the unlikeliest UK fan.

35 Comments for P.J. Hairston Admits Car Was Rented For Him

  1. NCAA
    11:22 am July 14, 2013 Permalink

    No wrong doing here, it’s just kids smoking weed. I mean, who doesn’t. UNC runs a clean program and will not be punished.

  2. lesigh
    11:24 am July 14, 2013 Permalink

    It will be interesting to see if the NCAA views UNC remaining unsullied as in the best interest of its own survivability, or will the NCAA see this as an opportunity to reestablish itself as an institution that upholds its rules despite the size and popularity of the offender. Sadly, I think the former is more likely.

  3. Lil c
    11:25 am July 14, 2013 Permalink

    Why even post this? You know nothing is going come of this. They will slap UNC on the wrist, suspend him for a couple of exhibition games, and then Hairston will be back just in time to play against the Cats. Watch and see.

  4. Tomas
    11:25 am July 14, 2013 Permalink

    If the NCAA ignored UNC making up classes for their football and basketball players, pretty sure they will be able to find a way to not punish UNC for a convicted felon renting cars for players. UNC will probably only have to sacrifice PJ Hairston by kicking him off the team.

  5. Frimpong
    11:25 am July 14, 2013 Permalink

    There’s no way any real punishment comes from this.

  6. Kristen Geil's Abs
    11:26 am July 14, 2013 Permalink

    How is it possible that this might be ignored by the NCAA?

  7. Han
    11:32 am July 14, 2013 Permalink

    FYI, the Camaro may not have specifically been rented by Fats. It was rented in the name of Fats’ girlfriend or whatever she is, using his address.

    And this story owes a lot to some posters at Pack Pride and a poster at Rupps Rafters. They pushed reporters early on, and it’s only in the last week that a few reporters have been turning up new info on their own.

    This is also old news for a blog.

  8. NCAA1
    11:36 am July 14, 2013 Permalink

    Mark Emmert will say this is a law enforcement issue, not an NCAAirhead issue.

  9. BBN
    11:43 am July 14, 2013 Permalink

    The NCAA is going to get so angry about the situation at UNC that it will punish East Tennessee State University for violating rules.

  10. Bart Edwards
    11:49 am July 14, 2013 Permalink

    This should mean the death penalty for basketball at Chapel Hill, period. This is far worse than what cost Trestle his job at
    Ohio State. This is more systemic than finding ten large in an Emory package.

  11. niaps
    11:52 am July 14, 2013 Permalink

    UNC = UN Clean university. Roy runs a tight ship and will give his biggest smile to any investigators that all is well and was just a small misunderstanding.

  12. Bart Edwards
    11:55 am July 14, 2013 Permalink

    The pot is nothing to the NCAA. Hell, if this were Oregon, it would be legal. What matters is the systemic provision of sweet rides to players through free car rentals by suppoters. And don’t be confused about the car possibly being rented by the girlfriend of the felon. IT DOESN’T MAKE ANY DIFFERENCE under the NCAA rules whether the unlawful emolument is provided by a felon, his girlfriend, or the Pope. It is a material benefit being provided to an NCAA athlete by someone who is not a family member.
    We do need to stop calling the felon “a druge dealer.” The only felony conviction I have seen for him has nothing to do with drug use or sales. It was actually something pretty tame.

  13. Ho Lee Fuk
    12:06 pm July 14, 2013 Permalink

    I bet they make him sit out 1 game.

  14. Broken Record
    12:08 pm July 14, 2013 Permalink

    Again, I say, it’s UNC, nothing will come of this.

  15. Bart Edwards
    12:12 pm July 14, 2013 Permalink

    Thomas has never done time pursuant to a conviction, and his onlyfelony was using a computer to create counterfeit checks. He does have multiple counts of possessing drug paraphernalia, and is presently charged (not convicted) with some drug offenses. My favorite piece of his history is that he was once the Security Manager for the club where Crystal Magnum worked, and he provided video of her dancing to a TV program.

  16. Lil c
    12:18 pm July 14, 2013 Permalink

    Who cares about Hairston. I’m still upset the Wiggins picked Kansas. Lol

  17. Lil c
    12:18 pm July 14, 2013 Permalink


  18. EK
    12:22 pm July 14, 2013 Permalink

    If this information is true than any game this kid has played in should be a lose. The NCAA will not be able to over look this! GO CATS!!

  19. EK
    12:25 pm July 14, 2013 Permalink

    The UNC sports program is becoming a bit of a joke……..Daggum! GO CATS!!

  20. Ol'Roy
    12:31 pm July 14, 2013 Permalink

    P.J. will not be punished because isn’t basketball a “recreational” sport, and since P.J. engages in “recreational marijuana use”, this is just UNC being RECREATIONAL! No harm, no foul! PLAY BALL!

  21. NCAA Enforcement
    12:45 pm July 14, 2013 Permalink

    Unfortunately, any investigation into the UNC program has been placed on the back burner. All our resources are currently occupied by a joint operation with the NSA to investigate alleged ties between the fugitive Edward Snowden and “Pack Pride”, to wit, legal use of a computer by a rival fan base to besmirch one of the NCAA’s untouchables.

  22. LeRoy
    1:01 pm July 14, 2013 Permalink

    As long as Sandy gets the twins ready by the Fall

  23. Stu Katz
    1:13 pm July 14, 2013 Permalink

    Nothing will come of this if the people involved dont talk, see Duke jewelry case

  24. bigblueclint
    1:17 pm July 14, 2013 Permalink

    This would be so BIG if it happened to Cal & Co. But it’s UNC (or dUKe) and not much will come of it is my guess! Haw SAD!!

  25. Iamthebobcat
    1:23 pm July 14, 2013 Permalink

    The NCAA announced this morning that Fats Thomas will be suspended for the UK game at Chapel Hill!

  26. Howie Felterbush
    2:01 pm July 14, 2013 Permalink

    I know the other 2 kids in this story. Crazy world.

  27. Outraged
    2:08 pm July 14, 2013 Permalink

    The NCAA is so angry over college kids’ behavior that they have expanded their enforcement powers. Emmert has declared Enes Kanter ineligible to participate in any organized basketball that may occur in the afterlife.

  28. tankercat
    3:03 pm July 14, 2013 Permalink

    I just talked to ole Roy and he told me ” Dag nab it, we are gonna get to the bottom of this dad-burned thing the Carolina way and clearly show that this was just an old dang mistake on the part of kid. If the darn rule book was written with the kids in mind this whole gosh darn episode would not have happened”.

  29. brain
    3:08 pm July 14, 2013 Permalink

    I linked this here 2 days ago. Little behind the times but that’s what happens when everything you blog is a regurgitation.

  30. espn
    4:23 pm July 14, 2013 Permalink

    Well, Will, if it isn’t on our website it must not be true…

  31. Eligilibilty Update
    6:04 pm July 14, 2013 Permalink

    In related news, Enes Kanter is still banned from collegiate basketball participation even though he has yet to be ticketed for speeding, or arrested for illicit drug possession, or discarding firearms/ammunition during a police pursuit, or being held accountable for defaulting on a six digit line of credit for a jewelry purchase no one will speak of. Luckily, he will not be accused of completing college level courses that did not exist, as he was denied a scholarship to a Kentucky University. Had he attended UNC, that charge may have applied to him.

  32. Wi To Hi
    6:55 pm July 14, 2013 Permalink

    If every college player that smoked pot was suspended there would not be many left to play the games. But, the free car should be trouble.

  33. Catlogic15
    7:53 pm July 14, 2013 Permalink

    #9 BBN- That is so funny I almost forgot that there have been over 500 variations of the same joke for at least 10 years now.

  34. Megan
    8:19 pm July 14, 2013 Permalink

    10 – It was one large. $1,000. Seems kinda quaint nowadays, doesn’t it?

  35. bbr
    9:15 am July 15, 2013 Permalink

    “As long as Sandy gets the twins ready by the Fall”
    The twins are ready. Quit trying to stir up things.