UNC Will Not Seek Reinstatement For P.J. Hairston
P.J. Hairston’s career at North Carolina is officially over.
CBS Sports is reporting that UNC will not seek reinstatement for the suspended Hairston who has been sidelined since this summer amid an NCAA investigation into rental cars he drove that belong to a convicted felon and runner.
That said investigation led what has now been deemed an improper relationship between Hairston and NBA agent Rodney Blackstock.
On Friday the school announced it would not seek reinstatement for Hairston, which means his career at the school is officially over.
The announcement comes two days after Leslie McDonald was cleared to play following an investigation by the NCAA.
“Unfortunately P.J. made a number of mistakes that placed his eligibility at risk and the University’s joint review with the NCAA made it clear that seeking reinstatement for P.J. would not be possible,” UNC athletic director Bubba Cunningham said in a statement.
“The University thanks him for his contributions to Carolina Basketball. We also want to thank Coach Williams for the way in which he has held the team together over the early stages of this season despite not having two veteran players and for the level of care and concern he has for the young men on his team.”
Hairston led the team in scoring last season averaging 14.3 points per game. His 89 3-pointers were second-best in school history in one season.
Tar Heels head coach Roy Williams released this statement.
“I am extremely disappointed for P.J., his family and our team as he will no longer be playing basketball at North Carolina,” Williams said in a statement. “P.J. made mistakes and I was very disappointed by his actions and now he is suffering the very difficult consequences. He is not a bad kid; he just made some mistakes.”