He is, arguably, the star on the rise, P.J. Hairston of Greensboro. Six-foot-five and the leading point producer for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill basketball Tar Heels, the 20-year-old Hairston made what seemed a smart decision to not turn professional after his sophomore year in order to return to the team and his coach Roy Ol Roy Williams.
Alas, the summer break has been anything but carefree for Hairston. And one hopes for the youngsters sake that his arrest on a misdemeanor marijuana charge on June 5, while in Durham driving an SUV rented by a man whos had more than a few encounters with the law, is a case of naively being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
There was also a gun found at the scene where Hairston and some mates were stopped.
This case raises questions, but university officials are strangely quiet. They need to be more forthcoming.
Hairston, as a 20-year-old, is apt to make mistakes. But when the mistakes involve the presence of a handgun and marijuana and an automobile rented by someone with a troubled past, the issue becomes more serious. Its time for Ol Roy to talk about it.