That's John Henson, currently of the Milwaukee Bucks and formerly of the UNC Tar Heels. With the NCAA currently taking its time in figuring out the eligibility cases of P.J. Hairston and Leslie McDonald, Henson opted to upload this photo of himself to Instagram Thursday morning.
Kind of a clever shirt, taking a dig at the NCAA there. The picture's already gone viral. I'm sure Heels fans love the message Henson's sending, and no doubt Hairston and McDonald appreciate the non-verbal sign of support.
(Can you imagine if an active college basketball player ever wore such a thing?)
The interesting connection here is this: Hairston is being investigated over the matter of rental cars. Twice this offseason he was pulled over by police while driving rental cars connected to an ex-convict named Haydn "Fats" Thomas. According to a story in the Raleigh News & Observer from this past July, Thomas previously sent out a photo tweet of ... Henson. That tweet was long ago deleted, but based on the reporting, it would appear Henson and Hairston were in some way -- even if minute -- previously around Thomas.
Thomas has denied "knowing" any UNC players. The players remain twisting in the wind, and UNC still has no idea when any word is coming from NCAA HQ in Indianapolis.
Former teammate Kendall Marshall also spoke up on Thursday, prompted by Henson's photo.
It's ridiculous we still don't have a timetable for PJ n Lezz. For all the great things the NCAA does, giving kids scholarships, the system is so flawed— Kendall Marshall (@KButter5) December 12, 2013
is so flawed.— Kendall Marshall (@KButter5) December 12, 2013