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UNC’s Hairston Situation Gets Bleaker


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…

Article written by Corey Nichols

35 Comments for UNC’s Hairston Situation Gets Bleaker

  1. bart edwards
    5:35 pm July 6, 2013 Permalink

    Why should the cps give a hoot who rented the vehicle? It’s still legal to rent cars in North Carolina. Not sure what your hoopla is all about. Maybe an NCAA issue, but cops? WTF?

  2. L1C4
    5:44 pm July 6, 2013 Permalink

    That is great news. Between this and uk having three ineligible players, looks like the Cards have a clear path to back to back title. would be a 3 peat if not for the $250,000 payment to Anthony Davis. L1C4!

  3. Louisville Police Departmet
    5:50 pm July 6, 2013 Permalink

    We have some questions about Chane’s drop top Benz. Is it his or a rental? If its his then where did he get the money to buy it and if its a rental then who rented it for him?

  4. #2
    5:51 pm July 6, 2013 Permalink

    You molest collies

  5. blw
    5:51 pm July 6, 2013 Permalink

    ^insecure much?

    nah, jk. it’s cute you feel the need to sell yourself to big brother in a “look at me” kind of way

  6. Andrew
    5:51 pm July 6, 2013 Permalink

    If the NCAA doesn’t do anything to UNC then its time for the NCAA to dismantle and disappear. Its obvious they choose who they want to pick on. The NCAA are a bunch of crooked hypocrites!!!! Someone from the national media needs to put them on blast for the way they go about abusing their power. If it takes getting the US government involved so be it.

  7. blw
    5:52 pm July 6, 2013 Permalink

    does L1C4 stand for Louisville 1, Calipari 4. that is the current count isn’t it?

    wink wink smooches

  8. Yes!
    5:55 pm July 6, 2013 Permalink

    #2-You dollin’ up for your date tonight? You pathetic little coward.

  9. haha
    5:56 pm July 6, 2013 Permalink

    #6 haha classic. involving the US government into a crooked operation. WOW!

  10. L1C4
    5:56 pm July 6, 2013 Permalink

    Yes, I am an idiot.

  11. L1C4
    6:03 pm July 6, 2013 Permalink

    My name is Mike Rutherford and I have an unhealthy fixation on Charlie Strong and Rick Pitino. My mom told me not to indulge in these fantasies (if you catch my drift) but I simply can’t help myself.

  12. L1C4
    6:07 pm July 6, 2013 Permalink

    I have a tattoo of a bunny rabbit on my foot. Is that weird?

  13. L1C4
    6:11 pm July 6, 2013 Permalink

    Sometimes it burns when I pee. But it isn’t because of traditional reasons.

  14. L1C4
    6:16 pm July 6, 2013 Permalink

    I have a collection of other people’s line beards!

  15. Dee
    6:22 pm July 6, 2013 Permalink

    A decent article Corey…nice job….[for once ;)]

  16. cayuts
    6:24 pm July 6, 2013 Permalink

    do we have 3 ineligible players? i havent heard this yet

  17. Andrew
    6:25 pm July 6, 2013 Permalink

    L1C4 Spends all his time on UK sites and I think he’s a closet fan.

  18. Han
    6:28 pm July 6, 2013 Permalink

    Dude, we’ve known since the beginning it was a rental, and word got out online earlier this week about Fats. It’s been all over RR. It just finally hit a mainstream outlet today.

    Posters on Pack Pride (NCSt site) have also posted tweets and photos and such of the dude partying with UNC players, and one of a UNC player (McDonald?) tweeting about Fats having given him a phone. Meanwhile, Hairston has apparently gone to a beach where photos of him beer bonging, and driving another expensive car with one of the guys he got arrested with before, have appeared.

    Also, supposedly the NCAA is already looking into a link to an agent with Hairston (the same agent linked to Mclemore at Kansas, I think). Some of this should be taken for what it’s worth since it’s online posts, but there’s been a lot of smoke about this all week.

  19. Paul
    6:41 pm July 6, 2013 Permalink

    #16 no UK does not have any ineligible players the three in question were not able to register for summer school before it started because of thier high schools letting out past the registration point.

  20. Jaworski Pollack
    6:49 pm July 6, 2013 Permalink

    I know Fats Thomas and he is a changed man now
    He loves to help people rent cars. It is his true passion in life
    He told me that it is his calling

  21. Bbn
    7:21 pm July 6, 2013 Permalink

    19) yet, Lee was able to get here during the same time frame.

  22. No Brainer
    8:45 pm July 6, 2013 Permalink

    UNC is going down faster than a Louisville fan……

  23. idiot
    8:58 pm July 6, 2013 Permalink

    #2, a 3-peat really? lololol it took you all 27 years to win one during a down year for college basketball. Why do you think this years draft was considered one of the weakest in history? because there weren’t that many good players in college last year. So congrats on your weak year title last season and have fun waiting another 27 years for the next one.

  24. Lousyville
    9:12 pm July 6, 2013 Permalink

    #2, you Lousyville fans are hilarious, they think because young and the twins haven’t enrolled in summer classes yet that they will be ineligible for fall semester. Yet they ignore the fact that their schools didn’t finish in time for them to enroll in summer classes. Classic Lousyville fans ignoring the facts again. Keep dreaming that they will be ineligible tard fans, it’s your only hope of beating us.

  25. Han
    10:26 pm July 6, 2013 Permalink

    Uh-oh, PJ, the plot thickens. USA Today has confirmed online rumor that PJ got pulled over and cited in May driving a Camaro that was rented by a woman at THE SAME ADDRESS as Fats. How does he get caught driving without a license twice and he hasn’t already been suspended, Roy? Two rentals within a month tied to this drug dealer.

    Via USA Today by way of RR:

    PJ’s gotta be done, now, even if Carolina doesn’t lose any previous wins (which they should from the cheating scandal the NCAA is ignoring).

  26. Better Than You
    10:30 pm July 6, 2013 Permalink

    24) Instead of blindly following Matt Jones’ talking point, try doing some research. May 21st was their actual last day of school. From the school website.

    “Our seniors will have a full day on Monday, May 20th, followed by a half day on Tuesday, May 21st. Following their final exam, on Tuesday, we will hold a special senior picnic in honor of our departing 12th graders at the football stadium. The picnic will begin at 10:50 AM and end at 12:30 PM.”

    5/21 Senior Exams–Half Day 7:35 —10:43
    5/22 Senior Breakfast 8:30–9:45 a.m., Senior Walk immediately after.
    5/22-5/24 AP Late Testing
    5/23 Prom 7:00PM Palazzo Grande, Shelby Township
    5/27 No School Memorial Day Holiday Recess
    5/28 Classes Resume

  27. Han
    10:32 pm July 6, 2013 Permalink

    25) And apparently Fats rented the same Camaro a month before that.

  28. cracka
    10:46 pm July 6, 2013 Permalink

    if classes resume on 5/28, how were they out of school on 5/21?

  29. DNice
    10:52 pm July 6, 2013 Permalink

    28)According to the site, the resuming of classes was for the freshmen, sophs and juniors. The senior were finished with school after finals. The walk through was in June, but they were actually done in May.

  30. Han
    11:10 pm July 6, 2013 Permalink

    Any RR people lurking? Found it mentioned in a comment section on a USA Today article that Fats is listed in “the articles of incorporation to a dental foundation that hired Tammi Hansbrough and refused to open it’s books for audit citing it was a private entity and not required to.” Has that been confirmed in any of the Pack Pride posts? If Fats has ties to Psycho T’s mom and UNC that far back…

    Read more here:

  31. DCS195
    11:46 pm July 6, 2013 Permalink

    26) and 29). When was graduation and when did they get their high school diplomas? Last day of class for seniors does not mean you are eligible to enroll in college.

  32. Megan
    9:19 am July 7, 2013 Permalink

    According to The News & Observer (see 30’s nice link), Fats was the security manager at the strip club that employed Crystal Mangum, the dancer at the center of the Duke lacrosse case. This just gets weirder and weirder.

  33. Mike
    9:33 am July 7, 2013 Permalink

    #29;DNICE. Apparently you never made it to your Senior year or you would know that a Walk thru doesn’t mean you Graduated! May the 28th classes resumed which means that school was not finished! But if you never made it that far you obviously wouldn’t understand!!!

  34. Researcher
    11:31 am July 7, 2013 Permalink

    For those that never heard of the internet…Graduation for the Harrison twins was June 8th… click over to June. Here is the calendar for UK’s summer session. If you have reading comprehension issues, not my issue.

    However, James Young graduated 5 June and Marcus Lee graduated 6 June. Please explain UK!

  35. ThrowingStones
    5:09 pm July 7, 2013 Permalink

    Just because nothing came of the Terrance Jones issue doesn’t mean nothing was there. The registered owner of that vehicle isn’t the cleanest of characters either.