CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Charlotte Hornets guard PJ Hairston talked to WSOC Thursday morning about his recent accusations of assaulting a high school student during a pickup game.
Hairston has been charged with assault and battery after being involved in an altercation at a Durham YMCA on Sunday, according to police.
The fight was started between Hairston and 17-year-old high school senior Kentrell Barkley.
Barkley claims he was running up the court when Hairston punched him.
“I’m still in the maturing process. I’m still growing up and I still have a lot of growing up to do,” Hairston said. “Life is life and you are still going to make mistakes.”
Hairston also explained the connection he has to troubled Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon.
Gordon was driving Hairston’s Escalade early Saturday morning in Raleigh when he was arrested for DWI. Gordon was bailed out of jail by Hayden “Fats” Thomas, the man linked to Hairston in the rental car scandal that got him suspended from the UNC basketball team.
Hariston said he met Gordon at the Fresh Market and they decided to exchange cars for the day.
Hairston was the 26th overall pick in the NBA Draft on June 28.