PJ Hairston speaks out about accusations of assaulting high school student

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Kentrell Barkley, PJ Hairston

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.

Source: WSOC


  • Stephen

    There is a difference between learning from mistakes, growing up and just plain habitually bad behavior. I’m afraid PJ isn’t learning anything.

  • Thetruth

    If they would take that Basketball out of his hands and some of his money out of his pockets he would just be another street Thug/ Hoodrat!!! learning from mistakes Ha! Ha! yea right!! what a joke!!!

  • Bulls Eye

    Once a thug, always a thug….future felon here fella’s. This Hairston toolbag needs to be locked up for awhile for sure. Career criminal with no sense and no intelligence at all. Such a shame because he has talent on the basketbal court, but seems to be using his talent as a criminal much much more lately!

  • Bo Diddley

    Who the heck meets at a grocery store and decides to swap cars for the day?! Please hurry back PJ, your job at the car wash is waiting on you.

  • slim

    Ha all of yall are just sad…dude going to make millions and be a star in the nba …yall will still be here crying about Obama …who hasn’t lost there temper and punch somebody..there playing basketball they could be shooting and drug dealing

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