Agent: Hornets' Hairston was in an altercation in Durham

rbonnell@charlotteobserver.comJuly 6, 2014 

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The Charlotte Hornets acquired the rights to P.J. Hairston, the 26th overall pick in Thursday’s NBA draft, in a trade with the Miami Heat. Hairston met the media on Friday at Time Warner Cable Arena.

JEFF SINER — jsiner@charlotteobserver.com

Charlotte Hornets rookie P.J. Hairston got into an altercation with a high school basketball player in Durham Sunday, his agent confirmed to the Observer.

Juan Morrow, who represents the 6-foot-6, 230-pount Hairston, said his client was playing in a pickup basketball game when tempers flared.

“The other guy pushed (Hairston) and he pushed back. Both shoved each other,” Morrow said in a telephone interview.

At that point the altercation escalated into punches, the agent said.

“He swung at P.J. and P.J. swung back,” Morrow said adding that “both connected.”

Morrow said police were never called in reaction to the incident.

The Hornets issued a brief statement Sunday night, saying they are aware Hairston was involved in an incident and are gathering further information on what happened.

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