Charlotte Hornets rookie P.J. Hairston was made inactive for Wednesday’s game versus the Boston Celtics as discipline for missing Tuesday’s practice without an excused absence.
Hornets coach Steve Clifford made that announcement at the end of his pre-game media availability. Clifford didn’t provide detail of why Hairston was absent from practice Tuesday.
Hairston watched the game from the end of the Hornets’ bench in street clothes.
This is the fourth odd incident involving Hairston since he became a Hornet in a draft-night trade with the Miami Heat. In July, the day before the start of summer-league practice, former North Carolina star Hairston got into an altercation with a high school player at a Durham YMCA.
A charge against Hairston was eventually dropped at the request of the high school player, Northern Durham High School’s Kentrell Barkley. At the time of the incident Clifford said it’s time for Hairston to take stock of his professionalism coming into the NBA.
“What I told him the other day is, we need to start having more meetings about his defense and shot selection and less about what he’s got to do to be a dependable player,” Clifford said in July.
“The guys who do the right things off the floor give themselves the chance to do the right things on the floor. That just makes sense. It all fits together.”
Hairston also chose over the summer to swap cars in Chapel Hill with Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon, who was later arrested in Hairston’s Cadillac on a DWI charge in Raleigh.
Hairston said that was the result of a chance meeting with Gordon at a grocery store.
Also in July, The Sporting News reported Hairston initially signed with an agent, Juan Morrow, who was not certified by the National Basketball Players Association. Had the Hornets signed Hairston while he was still represented by Morrow, the team could have faced a fine from the NBA.
Morrow later brought in an attorney with NBPA certification to act as Hairston’s agent of record.