Leading scorer PJ Hairston was dismissed from the team late Sunday night, according to USA Today. Tar Heels coach Roy Williams suspended Hairston indefinitely. The sophomore forward was cited for speeding and careless and reckless driving after being clocked at 93 mph in a 65 mph zone. The car was registered to Randi Lee Furr, Hairston’s girlfriend.
This has been an eventful off-season for Hairston. The traffic citation was the latest incident in a series of missteps by the 20-year old. Hairston has been linked to convicted felon and party promoter Haydn ‘Fats’ Thomas through several rental car receipts.
The cars became an issue when rental cars that were in Thomas’ name were ticketed nine times on the Chapel Hill campus. Hairston was stopped at a checkpoint June 5 and arrested and charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession and driving without a license according to ESPN. The 2013 Yukon Hairston was driving that day was rented to Thomas.
The charges ended up being dropped on July 19 after Hairston completed a drug assessment and got a valid drivers’ license.
There was a May speeding citation issued to Hairston while driving a 2012 Camaro which was also rented to Thomas. According to the Charlotte News-Observer, the NCAA has opened an investigation regarding Hairston’s ties to an agent last month.
Williams had been mum on the actions of his shooting guard. However, he made a public statement on July 15 that made his displeasure known. Williams said Hairston “knows he’s made serious mistakes and there will be serious consequences as a result.” Williams went on to say that he wanted to “wait until the process is complete” before deciding on a punishment. He also stated that there were issues within his program that had been written about that he deemed “embarrassing”.
Judging by the suspension levied on Hairston, Williams has had enough of these issues plaguing his program.