All criminal charges dropped against UNC's P.J. Hairston

By Matt Norlander | College Basketball Writer

All charges stemming from a June 5 arrest of North Carolina forward P.J. Hairston have been dropped, according to InsideCarolina.com. CBSSports.com's Will Brinson confirmed the report with a Durham County Court clerk Monday morning. The case was closed on Friday.

Hairston was stopped with two other men (Miykael Faulcon and Carlos Sanford) at a license checkpoint and was charged with possession of marijuana and for driving without a license.

From the InsideCarolina.com report:

According to court records, Hairston obtained and completed a drug assessment and the state decided not to proceed based on those actions. Hairston was also able to provide his current driver's license.

Still unresolved is the matter of the 9mm gun found outside the vehicle, along with nine rounds of ammunition. There were no charges relating to the gun and no one has claimed ownership.

No further charges are expected in this case.

The car Hairston was driving, a 2013 GMC Yukon, is still an issue for the school and possibly the NCAA to examine. That car was rented by an ex-convict named Haydn "Fats" Thomas. Hairston was also pulled over in May while driving another car -- a 2012 Chevy Camaro -- rented by a person who shares a mailing address with Thomas.

Hairston is due in court on Aug. 2 for the speeding ticket he was given while driving the Camaro.

Last week UNC coach Roy Williams released a formal statement and vowed there would be "serious consequences" for Hairston once the legal process in this case was completed. So we wait to see what Williams chooses to do.

There also remains the possibility the NCAA deems Hairston received improper benefits for driving a rental car purchased by someone else.

 
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