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.
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“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.