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Ex-con's ties disputed in Hairston case; UNC's Roy Williams not talking

By Matt Norlander | College Basketball Writer

Updates emerged Tuesday regarding the arrest of P.J. Hairston, the North Carolina forward who was apprehended with two other men on charges of marijuana possession while driving a car rented to convicted felon Haydn "Fats" Thomas, following a June 5 traffic stop.

A report Tuesday quotes the mother of one of the two other men, Miykael Faulcon, who claims her son doesn't know Thomas. Thomas claims he rented the 2013 GMC Yukon not to Hairston but to Faulcon, whom Thomas claims to have known from parties in the Chapel Hill area.

Faulcon, Hairston and Carlos Sanford were arrested on drug charges June 5. Hairston was driving the Yukon at the time of the traffic stop. A 9mm gun and ammunition were found outside the vehicle. No one has claimed ownership of the gun, no charges have been brought related to its possession and forensic tests on it have not yet been made public.

Hairston has multiple court dates in August for two separate traffic citations in two separate rental cars, in May and June. Both of those rental cars have ties to Thomas, a man who has denied knowing Hairston and claims not to be a UNC booster.

On Tuesday afternoon USA Today also reported more than $15,000 worth of rental car fees were attributed to Thomas and/or Catinia Farrington, the person who reportedly shares an address with Thomas and whose name was on the rental when Hairston received a speeding citation on May 13. Tuesday's report also shows four rental cars that have totaled nine parking tickets on the campus of North Carolina-Chapel Hill between Feb. 22 and May 28 of this year.

The cars rented by Thomas and/or Farrington were the 2013 GMC Yukon; a 2012 Camaro SS, the car driven by Hairston at the time of his May 13 speeding ticket; a 2013 Chevrolet Tahoe; and a 2013 Mercedes Benz 350. All cars were rented from the Hertz at Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

North Carolina coach Roy Williams -- who's already gone on record regarding possible punishment for Hairston -- again stated he would have no comment to Raleigh-Durham's ABC 11 until the judicial system takes its course. His brief explanation this morning:

Additionally, I'll note there remains the possibility the NCAA could choose to act and punish Hairston before North Carolina/Williams does. There is no timetable for any of this, however.

Officials from the University of North Carolina have declined comment on the case to date; Thomas has said the NCAA has not contacted him.

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