We’re not all about the schadenfreude here at KSR, but sometimes things get so bad at other schools that it’s like a trainwreck or Amanda Bynes’ Twitter feed: you just can’t look away. Such has been the continuing saga with North Carolina’s P.J. Hairston, who has been in trouble with the law since he was arrested in the presence of drug paraphernalia and a 9mm pistol in and around a 2013 Yukon. Now, details about the vehicle itself have surfaced, and it looks like the Yukon was a rental.
Those who have ever rented a car before know it can be tough for anyone under 25; not impossible, just a huge hassle. Which probably explains why Haydn “Fats” Thomas, 39, paid the $1,261.64 three-day cost for the vehicle for Hairston and his friends.
Oh, one small problem, besides the fact that just some guy is paying for athletes’ rental cars? Fats is a convicted felon with business ties to UNC faculty. He has multiple arrests around the state of North Carolina, all for gun- and drug-related offenses. And he’s “casually” gotten to know UNC athletes by hosting parties.
But it’s okay, because he doesn’t even like the North Carolina team. Or at least, that was his reasoning to USA Today:
I don’t know P.J. Hairston. I know Miykael, his friend. I don’t know anyone at Carolina. I don’t even like the Carolina team. Look at the age disparity between me and those boys. I could be their father.
I could see that holding up well in a court somewhere. “Oh, you’re an NC State fan? And you’ve never even been to the Dean Dome. We had no idea. That alibi checks out just fine, your honor. Nothing further.”
The whole thing is now just getting a little ridiculous. Not only that it’s looking worse and worse, but also that nobody seems to be doing anything about it. It’s easy to call foulplay, and certainly UK fans sometimes get the feeling that the big, bad NCAA is pickin’ on us, but if this plays out in the way it seems to be heading, and there isn’t some severe punishment, I just don’t know what to think anymore.
Remember when we were freaking out about Terrence Jones’ accident at the start of the 2012 season? Well, that turned out to be much ado about nothing. The players got a curfew, but that’s it, because nothing more serious ever surfaced. Just some kids out late, probably going to Tolly Ho. The Hairston situation, though, is only getting hairier. Interestingly, neither Roy Williams, the University of North Carolina, nor the NCAA have taken serious action. I can understand waiting for all the information to come out, but the quiet on the eastern front has been deafening. From the academic scandal to the Hairston arrest to the general rug-sweepery, it’s just baffling how little action is being taken. We’ll stay tuned, I suppose…