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UNC’s Hairston faces marijuana, license charges

By Andrew Carter
acarter@newsobserver.com

RALEIGH Durham police arrested North Carolina basketball player P.J. Hairston on Wednesday night and charged him with possession of marijuana and driving without a license.

Officers stopped Hairston and two passengers – Miykael Faulcon and Carlos Sanford – at a license check on Holloway Street, police spokesperson Kammie Michael wrote in an email. Police also charged Faulcon and Sanford with marijuana possession, Michael wrote.

According to Michael, who cited the arrest warrant, all the marijuana charges are misdemeanors for possessing a half ounce or less.

They were released on $1,000 unsecured bonds.

It’s unclear what legal repercussions Hairston might face, or what discipline he will face at UNC.

Steve Kirschner, the spokesman for the UNC men’s basketball team, said Thursday the university was not yet prepared to comment on Hairston’s arrest. He said coach Roy Williams and athletics director Bubba Cunningham were aware of it and gathering facts surrounding it.

“We’re currently looking into it to gather the facts,” Kirschner said. “We will issue a statement when we have enough information to do so.”

Hairston averaged a team-high 14.6 points for the season, though he increased his scoring to 18 points per game and shot 40 percent on 3-pointers over the final 13 games after becoming a sophomore starter in a four-guard lineup.

That helped the Tar Heels (25-11) dig out of an 0-2 start in the ACC to reach the ACC tournament final and the third round of the NCAA tournament before losing to Kansas.

Hairston announced in April he would return for his junior season instead of entering the NBA draft, saying returning was “my way of supporting” Williams and his teammates. He also tweeted that day: “My junior year will be one to remember.”

The Associated Press contributed.

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