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UNC basketball player charged with pot possession

Posted June 6, 2013
Updated June 7, 2013

— Durham police charged P.J. Hairston, a player on the University of North Carolina basketball team, with possession of marijuana Thursday.

A police report also lists a nine millimeter handgun, a magazine with nine rounds of ammunition, three cigars and a rental agreement for the SUV in the vehicle driven by Hairston when stopped.

"Coach Williams and (director of athletics) Bubba Cunningham are aware of a situation that took place last evening with P.J. Hairston," North Carolina Senior Associate A.D. Steve Kirschner told WRAL Thursday. "We’re currently looking into it to gather the facts. We will issue a statement when we have enough information to do so."

Officers stopped Hairston at a license check Wednesday night on Holloway Street in Durham. Hairston and two passengers, Miykael Faulcon and Carlos Sanford, were all charged with possession of marijuana. Hairston's charge was for a half ounce of pot. He was also charged with driving without a license and released on a $1,000.00 unsecured bond.

Hairston, whose full name is Samuel Peterson Hairston Jr., has no previous convictions in the state of North Carolina but has one pending charge for speeding and is due in court in Durham County on August 2.

Hairston completed his sophomore season with the Tar Heels as the team's leading scorer.

In April, Hairston opted to return for his junior season instead of entering the NBA draft. During the 2012-13 season the guard averaged 18.2 points and shot 40 percent on 3-pointers over the final 13 games after becoming a starter in a four-guard lineup. 

Hairston helped UNC (25-11) dig out of an 0-2 start in the Atlantic Coast Conference to reach the ACC tournament final and the third round of the NCAA tournament.

Faulcon is a rising sophomore guard at Elizabeth City State University and attended Hillside High School in Durham.


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  • 68_dodge_polara Jun 7, 2013

    I first I thought this arrest being in the news, for a little bit of pot, was a joke. Not anymore.

  • Boogalooboy Jun 7, 2013

    boy, 5 buried this quickly in local news...

  • Boogalooboy Jun 7, 2013

    Hello, hello... it's not about the pot anymore is it, he is innocent till proven guilty...now there is a weapon involved...now let's hear about the mistakes we make at a young age and it's ok... geez... get a brain folks.. hopefully it will be proven it wasn't his but it was in his vehicle...

  • Objective Scientist Jun 7, 2013

    shakennotstirred - I agree 100% and have stated as such multiple times. I'd expand the "recruiting better people" to all college athletic programs. We MUST get away from the thinking that every kid coming out of high school - even with dismal academic credentials - who can block, tackle, throw, catch, shoot , rebound, jump, run, etc., etc., etc. better than most people has some inalienable "right" to play "college ball" so that they may have their "shot" at the NBA or NFL!!! Many such athletes coming out of high school with marginal or weak academic backgrounds would have great difficulty succeeding even if they did not play a sport and spend all the hours and energy practice and playing and even if they got the tutoring, etc. that they typically get. iMO - there absolutely MUST be an effort to make the "student" in student-athlete actually mean "STUDENT". And-- the idea that Universities should just field "semi-pro" teams with non-students is - frankly - sickening!

  • Common Sense Man Jun 7, 2013

    Maybe if UNC players actually went to class they wouldn't have time for things like this."

    At night....during the summer?

  • heels4life05 Jun 7, 2013

    At least he didn't do what JJ Redick did and pull a U-Turn before the checkpoint...

  • tarheelforlife2 Jun 7, 2013

    Okay I'm not defending PJ because he broke the law which is wrong... but you can't just be like "oh, he made a mistake at 20 years old? His life is over." No. Do you know how many mistakes you made at 20 years old? It didn't matter so much though for you because you werent a star player at a huge college. I'm not giving him a pass for this, but I honestly think everyone turning on him so quickly is sad.
    And this whole "OMG unc students don't go to class." No stop. Get new jokes.
    And just because one player makes a mistake, doesn't speak on the university as a WHOLE. UNC is still a wonderful school regardless. The actions of one individual does not affect how we should view the morality of nearly 30,000 students.

  • Sherlock Jun 7, 2013

    Bet this does not go to the honor board and it will most likely just go away....

  • shakennotstirred Jun 7, 2013

    UNC athletics have got to start recruiting better people. Regardless of how you feel about pot, gun control, driving without license etc., this kid was just asking to get busted. What has happened to the "high" standards UNC use to tout. Now it's "everybody else is doing it" and "don't the cops, NCAA, news media and DEA have better stuff to do" and "since we have been caught, they should change the laws". Pitiful excuses...

  • Steven Jun 7, 2013

    Funny that UNC Wal-Mart fans have to go searching all the way back to 2010 for a story and say "but, but NCSU does it too!!!1!11!". How about owning up to your own sports department failures and quit trying to compare yourselves to others. Maybe if UNC players actually went to class they wouldn't have time for things like this.