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P.J. Hairston off the team at UNC

P.J. Hairston when he played for UNC.

P.J. Hairston when he played for UNC.

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (WTVD) — UNC said Thursday it will not apply to the NCAA to reinstate men’s basketball player P.J. Hairston, and he will not return to the team.

“Unfortunately P.J. made a number of mistakes that placed his eligibility at risk and the University’s joint review with the NCAA made it clear that seeking reinstatement for P.J. would not be possible,” said director of athletics Bubba Cunningham. “The University thanks him for his contributions to Carolina Basketball.

UNC head coach Roy Williams suspended Hairston indefinitely after a summer drug arrest and after he received multiple speeding tickets.

“P.J. made mistakes and I was very disappointed by his actions and now he is suffering the very difficult consequences. He is not a bad kid; he just made some mistakes,” said head coach Roy Williams.

UNC said Hairston scored 707 points and made 127 three-pointers in 71 games as a Tar Heel. Last year, he led UNC in scoring at 14.6 points per game and connected on 89 threes, the second-most in Carolina single-season history.

Source: WTVD

10 comments

  • Slenderman

    Let this be a lesson learned for anyone in college sports that thinks they can get away with these kind of actions.

  • Tim

    Play with fire, your going to get burned. Tough lesson to learn, but he had numerous chances to stay out of trouble but always seemed to be the arrogant one. Best of luck with his future and however he moves forward.

  • Anthony

    We were all young once and we all
    Made mistakes . Most of us Probaly didn’t get caught . I hate that folks always try to criminalize things young people do. Pj didn’t do anything that far off field to warrant suspension . His actions didn’t warrant that his professional future be put in jeopardy , unc should have stood by his side as they did when he was scoring points for them.

    • Nathan

      I seriously douby guns, pot, and speeding are going to tragically impact his “professional” career as a basketball player. He’ll probably add that stuff to his resume.

  • LM

    What’s so disheartenng to me is that you would think he would have learned something from watching a fellow from his same high school who also went to Carolina and ended up on the same path. It’s unfortunate, but there are consequences for all decisions. I’m just tired of trying to defend Carolina athletics and these bad choices guys are making. Something needs to change…

    • Mr. Papageorgio

      PJ is nothing but a thug. Just watch when he gets to the NBA he will be one of those players who gets big money and then pisses it away and is broke in a few years. They need to dig deeper into goog Ole’ Roy too. He is hiding too much. They should oust him like they did Paterno at PSU. Where there is smoke there is fire! Also why do they keep clinging to the notion that PJ was from Dudley? Didn’t he abandon them to play for a private school before going to UNC? Dudley needs to cut ties with him before they refer to the arrested PJ formerly from Dudley.

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