Local News

Party promoter linked to UNC's Hairston pleads not guility

Posted November 5, 2013

Haydn 'Fats' Thomas

— Haydn "Fats" Thomas, the Durham party promoter linked to rental cars driven by University of North Carolina guard P.J. Hairston, pleaded not guilty Tuesday on drug and weapons charges. Thomas' attorney, Randy Griffin, said he is holding out hope of resolving the matter without the need for a trial.

Prosecutors offered Thomas a plea deal in July, but he has not decided if he will accept it.

Thomas, who has a criminal record dating to 2006, was arrested in Durham last December on charges of maintaining a dwelling for selling a controlled substance and possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and a firearm by a convicted felon. In a hearing on the case in June, Griffin, expressed concern that his client could not get a fair trial because of his widely publicized links to UNC basketball players.

Thomas' history includes at least nine offenses – four of them felonies – in Durham and Wake counties over the past seven years. His offenses include drug paraphernalia possession, obtaining property by false pretense, carrying of a concealed weapon, possession of stolen goods and printing and spending false money.

Hairston and two others were arrested in June when police found marijuana in their vehicle during a traffic stop. Hairston was also charged with driving without a license, and the vehicle, a rented GMC Yukon, was traced back to Thomas.

Hairston told police a man he referred to as "Fats" gave him the car to visit friends in Atlanta.

The arrest was Hairston's second of the summer. On May 13, he was stopped for speeding while driving a Hertz rental car that was paid for Thomas' wife.

Thomas has links as well to current UNC basketball player Leslie McDonald, former basketball players John Henson, Dexter Strickland and Harrison Barnes and former UNC football player Greg Little.


This story is closed for comments.

Oldest First
View all
  • Ven Nov 5, 2013

    out of curiosity, anyone know what parties?

  • mgallen2 Nov 5, 2013


    I bet Ole Roy Boy would beg to differ that Fats is a nobody. After all, he's going to be forced to suspend Hairston during the absolutely daunting first few games of the season.

    Hope they can manage the likes of Oakland, Holy Cross, and Belmont without him.

  • sandim50 Nov 5, 2013

    honesty first.....you have gotta be kidding. Rather than take a chance on losing cases on some technicality plea deals are made. It gives the prosecution a conviction on their record.

  • raleighboy524 Nov 5, 2013

    This guy isn't a "nobody." He's a central figure in the whole Hairston/UNC mess.

  • GoHeels1969 Nov 5, 2013

    LOL. I love how you left out his links to former Duke RB Desmond Scott and former State basketball players CJ Leslie and Richard Howell.

  • HEELSrocknU Nov 5, 2013

    WHO CARES!!! He's a nobody...move on WRAL

  • burkely7 Nov 5, 2013

    When's the tv special to run on WRAL?

  • Carameltoe Nov 5, 2013

    Sounds a little fishy with Hairston's eligibility in question with the NCAA as well as UNC being complicit in any of this. The faster it goes away, the better for them. My perception is that the plea deal was offered in exchange for silence regarding his involvement with UNC athletes. They have to find a way to keep the Car Heel program alive...

  • halftime Nov 5, 2013

    Wonder why this story didn't make the top of the page???

  • NCheatStateU Nov 5, 2013

    Just a drop in a bucket compared to Leakocheatia.