Charges have been dropped against North Carolina Tar Heels forward P.J. Hairston that resulted from an early June arrest.
The 20 year-old athlete was to face an August hearing after being arrested June 5 on a misdemeanor marijuana charge that resulted from a traffic stop. In addition, a count of driving without a license was also dropped.
The player was arrested during a license checkpoint in Durham while driving a rented SUV with two other passengers. The were all charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession.
Furthermore, officers confiscated a 9mm handgun that was found outside the rental vehicle during the search.
The SUV was one of two driven by Hairston and later associated with Haydn “Fats” Thomas, a convicted felon facing a pending drug case.
YouWager experts have confirmed the charges had been vacated but sources did not elaborate. It’s not clear how the dismissal of charges would affect Hairston’s status with the Tar Heels.
UNC is already investigating whether NBA agent Rodney Blackstock has improper ties to Hairston or any other athlete of this scholl. Blackstock is the founder and CEO of Hooplife Academy in Greensboro where the player grew up.
According to coach Roy Williams, Hairston was facing “serious consequences” in the wake of news of the June arrest. Williams also added he hadn’t determined a punishment for the shooting guard as he believes there are “several options available,” including a possible suspension.
The Tar Heels are currently in the offseason so Williams said he will wait “until the process is complete” to make a definite decision on the punishment.
Hairston averaged nearly 15 points per game and decided in April to return for his junior season instead of entering the NBA draft.