University of North Carolina athletics director Bubba Cunningham,
speaking Thursday at a faculty retreat, hinted that men's basketball
player P.J. Hairston will play in at least some of the Tar Heels' games
in the 2013-14 season.
According to a tweet by Andy Bechtel, an
associate professor of journalism who was attending the retreat,
Cunningham was asked whether Hairston would play. According to Bechtel's
tweet, Cunningham's reply was, "Yes, but not all the games."
Bechtel told ESPN.com
that Cunningham was speaking about the overall strategic plan and
opportunities for broadcasting and public relations students when the
question was posted to him.
Hairston, the leading scorer for the
Tar Heels last season at 14.6 points a game, has been in the spotlight
in the offseason for a series of incidents and has been suspended
indefinitely by coach Roy Williams.
The most recent incident came
July 28 when Hairston was cited for speeding and careless and reckless
driving. The suspension was announced a few hours later.
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news release announcing Hairston's suspension cited only his traffic
citation, but in the past three months, he drove two rental cars linked
to Durham, N.C., resident Haydn "Fats" Thomas.
Thomas, 39, is a convicted felon and party promoter with ties to several area college athletes.
said in a statement July 15 that Hairston committed "serious mistakes"
and would face "serious consequences as a result." Without specifying
the misconduct, Williams called the issues "embarrassing."
being stopped at a license checkpoint June 5, Hairston was arrested on
charges of possessing marijuana and driving without a license. The
charges were dismissed July 19, a Durham County court clerk said, and
Hairston complied with the conditions of the court, which included
completing a drug assessment and providing his current driver's license.
9-millimeter handgun and a magazine with nine rounds of ammunition were
found outside the vehicle and seized during the traffic stop. Neither
Hairston nor the two passengers in the vehicle - Miykael Faulcon, 20,
and Carlos Sanford, 23, both of Durham - faced charges related to the