PJ Hairston no longer enrolled as UNC student

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (WTVD) — PJ Hairston’s career as a UNC Tar Heel basketball player is over, and so are his days as a student.

UNC confirmed Thursday, Hairston is no longer enrolled as a student.

It was less than a month ago, UNC announced Hairston would not return to the Tar Heels. The university decided it would not apply to the NCAA to reinstate Hairston.

“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.

Hairston and his family released a statement, shortly after UNC made its decision public, expressing their disappointment in the program.

“We are displeased with the University of North Carolina’s decision not to submit the necessary paperwork to the NCAA requesting to have P.J. reinstated. This process has been long, and for it to end without having a final decision from the governing body is a shame. Ultimately this affects P.J. and his eligibility to play Division 1 collegiate basketball for the remainder of this season, as well as next season.

Despite our disappointment, we wish the team continued success.

P.J. will be making an announcement about his future plans within the next few weeks. For now, we respectfully ask the media to refrain from contacting them, so that they can enjoy a peaceful holiday season at home.”

PJ Hairston’s next move remains unclear, but Hairston confirmed on Instagram this week that he is in Chicago.

The post came just hours after Hairston tweeted “My dream stands in front of me” and “Next stop, Chi Town!”. Various reports indicate Hairston could enter the NBA D-League player pool, according to WTVD.

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

15 comments

  • Tim

    Great move PJ….lol….go to Chicago where you won’t have the Tarheel alumni paying your way through the court system and bailing you out to keep stuff hidden under the rug so you can be in Chicago where crime is everywhere and you feel right at home!
    Dont quote me on this, but this PJ Hairston is going to be locked up by the end of 2014 for a few years! He is a born thug, such a shame the talent he has has been wasted by his life of crime and now that he is gone out of UNC, he is a disaster waiting to happen. Blame UNC for some of it as well because they kept hiding it and allowing him to keep messing up and paying to keep it out of the papers, but once he got pulled and drugs were found and that incident hit the news, THEN and only THEN did UNC have to make a statement and suspend him…..but I guarantee if that didnt hit news stations, he would still be playing until he screwed his life up even worse!

  • Tim

    Great move PJ….lol….go to Chicago where you won’t have the Tarheel alumni paying your way through the court system and bailing you out to keep stuff hidden under the rug so you can be in Chicago where crime is everywhere and you feel right at home!
    Dont quote me on this, but this PJ Hairston is going to be locked up by the end of 2014 for a few years! He is a born thug, such a shame the talent he has has been wasted by his life of crime and now that he is gone out of UNC, he is a disaster waiting to happen. Blame UNC for some of it as well because they kept hiding it and allowing him to keep messing up and paying to keep it out of the papers, but once he got pulled and drugs were found and that incident hit the news, THEN and only THEN did UNC have to make a statement and suspend him…..but I guarantee if that didnt hit news stations, he would still be playing until he screwed his life up even worse!

  • Rufus

    I love PJ game. Go make your money playing ball now. People are going to be upset with you no matter what so do your thing

    • FaithC

      Maybe if he did not act as if laws were not for him and he was above them, people would not have a problem with what he did or does.

  • Tim

    He should have went to Brooklyn, they need a few added rap sheets to their roster…..if anything else, contact another joke Dennis Rodman and go play in North Korea…lol

    • Tim

      always one like Cassie out there….excuse after excuse and finger pointing after finger pointing….lol…..UNC has had the worst year in getting blasted for numerous stuff, so time to accept the fact that the Carolina Blue isnt all that its cracked up to be. A bunch of hidden secrets that are seeping out and causing the University to tremor in their Reeboks….lol

  • countryboy1

    Its funny how people talking about somebody like they know them and all they do is read a news article…Mark my words first round draft pick…

  • Allison

    Everyone here is calling PJ a thug, but do they honestly know PJ or how he acted? No. What he did was a mistake and he learned from it. PJ is a very talented athlete and will do big things!

  • Melvin jones

    White people think all black men are thugs, too bad they can only watch as real athletes perform with our “fast twitch muscles” , white people are becoming obsolete in the sports arena.

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