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Browns’ Josh Gordon, Hornets’ P.J. Hairston have troublesome weekend in Triangle

RALEIGH The holiday weekend did not go well for two big-name athletes in the Triangle area.

Saturday morning, Josh Gordon of the NFL’s Cleveland Browns was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated on Glenwood Avenue. His blood-alcohol level was reported by the officer on hand to be .09. The North Carolina legal limit is .08.

Gordon has no family in Wake County and it was unclear why he was in the area.

According to court documents, Haydn Patrick “Fats” Thomas, whose name was linked to former North Carolina basketball player P.J. Hairston after his arrest last summer, posted Gordon’s $500 bail Saturday morning.

Hairston was driving a rental car listed in Thomas’ name on June 5, 2013 when he was pulled over and arrested on marijuana possession charges.

Hairston, in an unrelated case, was charged with misdemeanor assault and battery after an altercation at a Durham YMCA on Sunday.

In 2006, Thomas pled guilty to a felony charge of accessing computers. According to the warrant for his arrest, he used a Compaq desktop computer to create counterfeit checks to obtain property and services worth more than $1,000.

Thomas also tried to use a stolen MasterCard to obtain goods, services and lodging from a Residence Inn in Durham. In the same plea deal, he also plead guilty to four counts of possession of drug paraphernalia. He received 24 months of supervised probation and 50 hours of community service.”

Throughout the years, Thomas, 40, has been linked via social media to former North Carolina players Leslie McDonald, John Henson, Dexter Strickland, Harrison Barnes, and former Duke player Desmond Scott.

Gordon, a 2013 NFL Pro Bowler, was suspended indefinitely from Baylor in 2011 after a failed drug test, prompting his transfer to Utah.

The Browns drafted him in the 2012 NFL supplemental draft and in 2013 he led the league in receiving with 1,646 yards. He also became the first receiver in NFL history to post consecutive 200-yard games.

However, he missed the first two games of the regular season because of a suspension stemming from a failed drug test. The NFL made it clear that another violation would result in a one-year suspension.

On May 9, there were reports that Gordon was due to receive the suspension after another failed drug test. He filed an appeal set for a court date in late July and he will now follow that up with a second court date in as many months when he returns to Raleigh in August to stand trial for Saturday’s DWI.

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