Posted: 11:26 a.m. Monday, Oct. 14, 2013
By Brian Barbour
As reported by Bret Strelow of the Fayetteville Observer, the last outstanding legal issue, a speeding ticket for going 54 in a 45 in Durham County has been resolved.
Hairston, who was charged in mid-May with going 54 mph in a 45-mph zone while driving a rented 2012 Chevrolet Camaro linked to felon Haydn "Fats" Thomas, paid $203. The penalty was $15, and court costs were $188.
That case was continued twice, moving from Aug. 2 to Sept. 13 to Oct. 11
So let's review the Summer of P.J. "Crime" Spree
So at the end of the day the Summer of P.J. was far less exciting(legally speaking) than everyone first thought. Hairston's illegal exploits boils down to a few points on his license and probably a higher insurance premium.
As was the case when Hairston's arrest popped up, the more interesting aspect has always been Hairston being behind the wheel of a rental car in two of the three incidents listed above. The cars in questions were rented by local party promoter Hadyn "Fats" Thomas and because of Hairston's run-ins with the police there is hard evidence putting the Tar Heel behind the wheel of at least two of them.
This sort of thing will prompt some kind of NCAA action which has yet to be determined. Can it be proven Hairston drove them more than twice? A reasonable assumption is he probably did but it is also a reasonable assumption Johnny Manziel got paid for his autographs but without evidence the NCAA did very little to the Texas A&M; quarterback. Is there more evidence the public doesn't know about? Possibly and whatever evidence there is UNC and the NCAA will review it, come up with some sort of penalty and call it a day.
The lack of additional media stories about Hairston's situation probably means there isn't much to find out beyond what we already know. The fact Hairston, Roy Williams, Bubba Cunningham and everyone else at UNC is operating on the assumption the junior wing forward will play this season means whatever information is known to them points to some sort of suspension but nothing earth shattering. The only remaining questions are how many games and when will it be announced?