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The P.J. Hairston story is getting uglier

North Carolina’s P.J. Hairston was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana Wednesday night after a routine traffic stop. Now, the story has a new twist. According to ABC 11 in North Carolina, Durham police confirmed a gun was found on the ground outside Hairston’s vehicle. Forensics are being done this morning.

Hairston, who turned down the NBA to return to Chapel Hill, is North Carolina’s leading scorer from a year ago and star player heading into the 2013-14 season.

North Carolina will host your University of Kentucky Wildcats on Dec. 14.

Article written by Drew Franklin

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74 Comments for The P.J. Hairston story is getting uglier

  1. NorthernKYcatfan
    10:40 am June 7, 2013 Permalink

    Roy Williams has dismissed players from UNC for lesser reasons. Somehow though, Hairston will be on the team this season.

  2. tyrus
    10:43 am June 7, 2013 Permalink

    He won’t miss a game. Lets move on.

  3. Cat Fan in Georgia
    10:44 am June 7, 2013 Permalink

    UL article at 9:00
    UNC article at 10:30
    Duke at noon???
    IU at 1:30???

    Thought this was a UK site.

  4. Drew Franklin
    10:45 am June 7, 2013 Permalink

    3. — Thought it was a free site.

  5. Dumb ninjas
    10:47 am June 7, 2013 Permalink

    Why do these jackarses think it’s cool to carry a gun?

    Is it really as simple as the rap/hip-hop culture making it seem cool?

    A truly awesome degree of stupidity is being displayed here.

  6. Thinkforasec
    10:48 am June 7, 2013 Permalink

    #3 you just listed UK’s rivals and teams UK plays in the future. Sounds pretty UK related to me. Find a hobby.

  7. NotRyanFox
    10:52 am June 7, 2013 Permalink

    People everywhere would kill for the opportunity to be an elite athlete and play cbb and these kids just piss it all away. And I’m willing to bet that if this happened near chapel hill instead of Durham, it never gets out.

    3 – Suck it

  8. Wampus
    10:54 am June 7, 2013 Permalink

    Now he misses two exhibition games instead of one.

  9. Brian
    10:55 am June 7, 2013 Permalink

    I bet he got bonus points in his African American studies class for this.

  10. Bicycle Seat Sniffer
    10:57 am June 7, 2013 Permalink

    No college kid, high profile athletes included, should be carrying handgun. Point blank period. If the gun is proven to be Hairston’s, then anything less than dismissal is shameful on UNC’s part.

  11. Jack Nicklaus
    11:00 am June 7, 2013 Permalink

    The explanation is that he is a complete dumbass.

  12. Will
    11:06 am June 7, 2013 Permalink

    #9 wins hahah

  13. catlanta
    11:06 am June 7, 2013 Permalink

    5 – in case you havent noticed the gun control debate, enthusiasm for guns extends far beyond the hip hop culture

  14. RACIST
    11:08 am June 7, 2013 Permalink

    #9 is a racist dick.

  15. Spicoli
    11:09 am June 7, 2013 Permalink

    Whoaaa, Dude! Can you pick up my gun for me officer? I dropped it when I was reaching for that blunt!

  16. TheBigToe
    11:10 am June 7, 2013 Permalink

    @5–U Mad Bro? Charlton Heston and Ted Nugent, weren’t they in 3-6 Mafia for a bit? Why don’t you dust of your Confederate flag and put another chaw in home slice.

  17. asdf
    11:15 am June 7, 2013 Permalink

    Hey, we’re all Cat fans. Save the hate for the enemies.

  18. Question
    11:16 am June 7, 2013 Permalink

    Not defending this guy but is having a gun illegal in North Carolina? I doubt it.

  19. Mack
    11:18 am June 7, 2013 Permalink

    Maybe he had a carry permit.

  20. average fan
    11:19 am June 7, 2013 Permalink

    PJ Hairston – NBA free agency here I come!

  21. capnmonkey
    11:20 am June 7, 2013 Permalink

    18.) If someone in the car is a felon/probation the presence of a gun could be an issue. Also, the presence of guns + drugs usually counts as an enhancement for sentencing and charging purposes.

  22. r u serious right now
    11:24 am June 7, 2013 Permalink

    I think #9 was simply stating if they can get off scott free for the biggest grade scandle of all time then they could easily sweep this under the rug too. UK would have got the death penalty for what they did.

  23. mojo
    11:24 am June 7, 2013 Permalink

    Anyone who uses drugs is pathetic. Anyone who sells them is a worthless POS and should die tied to a stump in the woods.

  24. The wheel guy
    11:24 am June 7, 2013 Permalink

    I dropped my gat and got 20.
    But, I play UNC so I didn’t get any, hey, ho.
    Reached for joint and took a big toke.
    Told that officer it’s no big deal, yo. hey, ho.

  25. [email protected]
    11:24 am June 7, 2013 Permalink

    21.) guns plus a little bit of chronic enhances the sentence? Please refer to that with a real drug, then it allows for enhancement. Guns and McDonalds dollar menu food is more harmful than what Hairston had.

  26. Bumpus
    11:27 am June 7, 2013 Permalink

    24 – That don’t sound like Terrence Jones. That’s for sure!

  27. Chicago
    11:27 am June 7, 2013 Permalink


  28. Mike In The Wood
    11:32 am June 7, 2013 Permalink

    You gotta pack heat in Chapel Hill. Someone might offer you Brie when you clearly ordered Camembert

  29. Capt
    11:33 am June 7, 2013 Permalink

    25) Amen!

  30. Musehobo
    11:36 am June 7, 2013 Permalink

    Instead of us (hypocritically) making fun of this kids culture with guns, how bout we focus on the fact that distinguishes him from an average, legal gun-toting American. The fact is, no one who owns a gun legally throws it out a window. There can be multiple reasons for this, but none of them make him look good. I will say the same thing I would say about this situation if it were Julius Randle…he should either be gone, or serve some serious suspension. I realize that kicking a kid out of college, might not be what’s best for his life, and maybe he deserves a second chance. But a slap on the wrist should not cover this.

  31. NOT Racist
    11:38 am June 7, 2013 Permalink

    #14 – Why would you immediately assume #9 is a racist unless you yourself are an active one? He was simply connect one UNC scandal to another. Pretty funny, at that! I don’t recall the fake classes being race-based, just that they were a joke. Could have just as easily been Underwater BB Stacking 101-401….

  32. NonIssue
    11:44 am June 7, 2013 Permalink

    It’s East Durham. Literally there are guns laying around everywhere.

  33. NineWillBeFine
    11:47 am June 7, 2013 Permalink

    I don’t really care about the gun part of this. Maybe the kid has a permit and all the other proper paperwork (which I think is ridiculous to begin with, but that’s another story) to carry this legally. I doubt it, but let’s not crucify the kid yet. Weed should be legal anyway too, but that’s also another argument for another time and place.

  34. quickie
    11:49 am June 7, 2013 Permalink

    More people should be packing.

  35. Pete Thamel
    11:49 am June 7, 2013 Permalink

    I see no reason for concern here. However, Eric Bledsoe did get an C- in math in 8th grade so I’m heading to Birmingham to dig through his trash.

  36. Giggity
    12:02 pm June 7, 2013 Permalink

    33 – So u see nothing wrong at all with this situation?

  37. We Hang Banners
    12:03 pm June 7, 2013 Permalink

    At North Carolina, you cant ever leave the dorm without that pocket monstar…hood as f#@k in chapel hill.

  38. mike
    12:09 pm June 7, 2013 Permalink

    @23 marijuana is a drug?

  39. NineWillBeFine
    12:22 pm June 7, 2013 Permalink


    Well presumably you can read, so discern it for yourself. I never said that I don’t see anything wrong with the situation. By the letter of the law he certainly at least broke one (marijuana possession). What I said was that I don’t think this is a law that should be on the books in the first place. I also said that there may be a perfectly legal explanation as to why he had a gun and that people should wait to make a judgment on that. Was all that really so hard for you to understand?

  40. David Elswick
    12:24 pm June 7, 2013 Permalink

    College kids smoke weed. This is being made into a bigger story than it probably should.

  41. David Elswick
    12:26 pm June 7, 2013 Permalink

    33 is right. Let’s not jump to the conclusion that he’s a criminal – he could have the gun legally. Also, marijuana should be legalized. The “war on drugs” is prohibition with a different name.

  42. Han
    12:30 pm June 7, 2013 Permalink

    40) College kids smoke weed, but he didn’t have a driver’s license, and there may have been a gun in the car. Bigger story.

  43. CatomicBomb
    12:39 pm June 7, 2013 Permalink

    ….the gun was allegedly found out on the GROUND, not in the car, not on his person, but on the GROUND. some of you people worry me…. If he had CCW permit, I don’t think you need to ditch the gun, is that not a tad bit shady to any of you “well it’s not illegal to own, carry” folks (yes, I have my CCW)….

    Someone probably said this already, but I couldn’t read anymore of the posts.

  44. Bubba Earl
    12:41 pm June 7, 2013 Permalink

    #28, I hear ya brother, now that is funny!

  45. NineWillBeFine
    12:57 pm June 7, 2013 Permalink


    Again, like many others, you’re rushing to judgment. Sure it looks shady, but we don’t even know if the gun was Hairston’s or not. There were 2 passengers in the car, and it very well could have been one of theirs. Just let the facts come out before rushing to condemn this kid.

  46. PJ Hoodston
    1:01 pm June 7, 2013 Permalink

    You can take the kid outta the hood, but you can’t take the hood outta the kid.

  47. [email protected]
    1:10 pm June 7, 2013 Permalink

    46.) You realize that a majority of college kids smoke marijuana. Are the majority of them from “the hood.” If your African-American does this automatically means you’re a “thug” and from the “hood”? Hmmmm…… White consumption of marijuana blows past the African-American usage, but blacks are more likely to be arrested. Quit ya stereotyping. In fact, why don’t you just quit typing all together.

  48. CatomicBomb
    1:12 pm June 7, 2013 Permalink

    45 – Which is why I use allegedly, I didn’t think I was judging nor condemning him. Just stating that the gun was on the ground. And there would be no reason to ditch a weapon if you legally own it… Unless you are feeling a bit guilty? Right? I understand it might not be theirs, there is a slim chance of coincidence. Oh well. They are probably all innocent and have been framed by Coach K’s minions.

  49. Mojo
    1:14 pm June 7, 2013 Permalink

    Marijuana is useful because it lessens the competition for those of us who don’t use it. Great way to flush the also-rans down the toilet to make space for the rest of us.

  50. NineWillBeFine
    1:19 pm June 7, 2013 Permalink


    True, it does look shady and if it is in fact his gun then he will probably be in big trouble. I generally dislike UNC, but don’t like the court of public opinion here bashing the kid. If the gun isn’t his and belongs to one of his passengers, the worst thing he’s guilty of is marijuana possession and needing to pick better friends, which are hardly the worst offenses in the world.

    I wouldn’t put it past K to frame people, but he’s probably too busy looking for boosters to give money to his current players. If Lance Thomas could get 30k for bling, Jabari Parker must be worth at least 75k

  51. twnky
    1:33 pm June 7, 2013 Permalink

    Where is Karen at with her guiding light of knowledge?

  52. DHo
    1:41 pm June 7, 2013 Permalink

    Wow….. the “Cops” trifecta… weed, gun, AND a suspended license. He may have to actually attend a class at UNC before this is over!

  53. DoYourResearch
    1:42 pm June 7, 2013 Permalink

    Some people need to do a little investigating before spouting off about marijuana users. There are currently 18 states, plus our nation’s capital, where it is legal to use marijuana for medical purposes. There are also 2 states(Washington and Colorado) that have legalized marijuana for recreational use, and more w/ legislature in process. In addition to only being illegal because of concerns over taxes and other industries, there have been zero studies done to back up the claims of ‘addiction’ or that it is a ‘gateway’ drug. No one forces you to drink a beer, but it is every citizen’s(over the age of 21) right to do so. People like Mojo would be VERY surprised to learn that the majority of Americans see nothing wrong with it; including thousands of extremely successful professionals(doctors, lawyers, nurses, judges, etc.). It’s not for everyone, but neither is alcohol. Be careful labeling people…statistically speaking, your boss probably partakes.
    Now that I’m off my soapbox…nothing says ‘not guilty’ like running from the cops(or tossing a weapon).

  54. Yoda
    1:50 pm June 7, 2013 Permalink

    There is a clear distinction most are missing out on in the racist/gun ownership debate on here. The prevailing evidence in most cases involving athletes – regardless of race – is that they carry/own guns illegally. If they have a permit to carry, then more power to them. What the Charlton Heston and Ted Nugents of the world have that so many of these athletes don’t have is the common sense to get that permit.

    If Ted Nugent gets arrested for playing “Stranglehold” too loud from his front porch, he’s not gonna get in trouble with the law because he has the paperwork to back it up.

    Plaxio Burress, Gilbert Arenas, and possibly PJ Hairston don’t seem to have that bit of common sense. Go figure.

  55. Mikeb
    1:51 pm June 7, 2013 Permalink

    Per UNC site, he had 1.5 ounces of weed which is over the .5 felony limit. They said they read it on police report. Down in rough hood in Durham and get stopped at traffic check and somebody throws a gun out. Didn’t find it until later I think. I’m not sure roy can ahshucks his way around this one…

  56. Bill says
    2:05 pm June 7, 2013 Permalink

    Hairston in the lineup against UK. Who wants to challenge that?

  57. cdc_uky
    2:06 pm June 7, 2013 Permalink

    As a CCDW instructor, I can tell you that there is a problem. If the gun is linked to him after forensics, then it will be considered concealed because he threw it out to hide it from the officer. Even if he has the permit to carry, it is null-in-void due to the drug charge. You cannot even carry in a bar if the majority of the sales are from alcohol…or a government building (ie school, court house, etc).

    If his prints are on the gun the other question is if it is in his name. If his prints are on there and the serial number is filed off (as it often is in these situations), then there are more issues.

    Whether or not you agree with weed laws…whether you run your mouth when you do not know CCDW laws…this kid could be in serious trouble.

  58. Mikb
    2:23 pm June 7, 2013 Permalink

    They are all worried that the rental was in a former player or alumni’s name. Lol. I hate to admit I’ve enjoyed watching them squirm whether he plays or not. But you are right, it’s no bigger than a decades long academic scandal that they brushed under the rug. Their problem is, because it’s legal, certain details will be harder to hide than a self investigating governor. Now let’s watch the mainstream sports media struggle not to give this story legs. One of them wrote on twitter that he is cited for having .5 ounces of weed, 9mm handgun, 9 round clip, baggies, cigars in a bad hood in a rental truck.

  59. WeedGun
    2:32 pm June 7, 2013 Permalink

    As far as I know, it is not illegal to carry a gun in NC. But if you try to hide it (by throwing it from the vehicle) that is considered concealment and you will be in deep. As others have said, no one tosses a legal gun, so you can bet whoever was carrying it was breaking the law. As far as the weed goes, 1.5 OZ is enough for a distribution charge in most areas, so that will be a felony, although it isn’t uncommon for a first offense to get knocked down to simple possession, a misdemeanor. College students are adults, so I have no issue with them carrying weapons in general. They have the same rights as anyone. Bottom line, if it’s his gun, he will catch a felony weapons charge along with evidence tampering, and the dug charge will probably be knocked to a misdemeanor. I don’t see any way he stays on the team. If the gun isn’t his, probably just the moving violation and a misdemeanor drug charge, meaning he will be suspended from the team I’d imagine.

  60. DEASY
    2:47 pm June 7, 2013 Permalink

    Not his gun, not his problem. That’s what I say. Guy thinks he Captain of tying knots.

  61. Sam
    3:18 pm June 7, 2013 Permalink

    Who cares about either charges? Think about it. You are 8 times more likely to be killed by a police officer than a terrorist. Who is the protect us from “our protectors?” Of course, we have the right to carry a gun. “An armed society is a polite society.” Second, the war on drugs is a major money maker for “the system.” Millions of people are employed DUE TO the war on drugs. It’s a scam. And yet, alcohol is legal. The drug war is like any other war on you-fill-in-the-blank, it’s an excuse for expanded gov’t power.

    Let this young man go, along with millions of others who’ve been arrested and imprisoned for non violent drug “crimes.” Prosecute them if they kill or harm somebody, but otherwise, live and let live.

  62. Capt Obvious
    3:27 pm June 7, 2013 Permalink

    Don’t need a permit to have a gun in your vehicle.
    But if he had weed, or has ever smoked it, then you know what kind of person he is. If Roy allows him to stay on the team in spite of that, then Roy reveals what kind of person he is, as well.

  63. Steady
    3:57 pm June 7, 2013 Permalink

    Drugs and guns go together like boats and ho’s… I have to laugh at all the dope defenders… POS.

  64. CATlanta
    3:58 pm June 7, 2013 Permalink

    Whether it was his weed and gun or not, one of his boys will take the blame!

  65. Interestingstats
    3:59 pm June 7, 2013 Permalink

    #61 I find your statement “you are 8 times more likely to be killed by a police officer than a terrorist” to be very random and most likely inaccurate. Also I’d say I have a higher chance of being killed by almost anything other than a terrorist in the United States. I would say I am 100 times more likely of choking on a ham sandwich than being killed by a terrorist. Ham sandwiches are more dangerous than terrorist according to your rationale.

  66. Duh
    4:30 pm June 7, 2013 Permalink

    65 – A ham sandwich is way more dangerous than a terrorist. Just like walking is more dangerous than flying. More ppl killed doing one than the other.

  67. Mr. E
    6:35 pm June 7, 2013 Permalink

    65 – Whether the stats are exact or not, 61 has a point. I can easily find you hundreds of cases of police brutality just by doing a simple Google search. I do agree that you have a greater chance of a bad encounter with a cop than a terrorist.

    62 – If he’s smoked weed, please tell us “what kind” of a person he is. Enlighten.

  68. Bill says
    6:43 pm June 7, 2013 Permalink

    You will probably encounter a cop several times with no consequence. Encounter a terrorist once, probably not a good outcome. Not a good comparative analysis. There are a lot more cops here in the USA than there is terrorists, I think, I hope.

  69. Guy Inyurtwhat
    6:56 pm June 7, 2013 Permalink

    P.J. “Pistol Jockey” Hairston

  70. KevinM
    7:40 pm June 7, 2013 Permalink

    Well at least he didn’t make a video that brought on a spontaneous riot. That would keep him in jail with no clue for a release. He might miss the home opener.

    A few stairs never hurt any athlete.

  71. Cornfucious
    5:56 am June 8, 2013 Permalink

    @67…….In this situation, foregoing NBA for Chapel Hill, that makes him a risk taker……an huge gambler……simply a dumbass.

    He had the bull by the tail.

    He now has the bull shit by the tale.

  72. Bradsd
    8:46 am June 8, 2013 Permalink

    Even if it was his gun it will end up being one of the other guys, that is a sure thing.

  73. Dave / New Mexico
    6:35 pm June 8, 2013 Permalink

    If the gun has his prints on it,
    will he have to serve any time in glockup ???

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