For weeks now the University of North Carolina and head basketball coach Roy Williams have not gone public with a statement regarding the arrest and drama behind leading scorer PJ Hairston from last month. Now finally Roy Williams has broken the silence and gone public with a statement released on Monday.
‘I initially decided not to make a statement about P.J. (Hairston) until the legal process had been finalized. I believe that is the fair way that everyone should be treated and is the way of our country.
P.J. and I have had several discussions already and he knows he has made serious mistakes and there will be serious consequences as a result. Certainly the idea of suspending P.J. has been discussed. However, he is not currently enrolled in summer school, is not practicing with the team and we have no games until November. There are several options available in terms of discipline but we are going to wait until the process is complete to decide on those options.
Other issues have been written about recently that are disturbing and bother me deeply. Our basketball program is based on great ideals and these issues are embarrassing. These are not common in my 10 years as head coach at UNC and they will all be dealt with harshly and appropriately at the correct time to ensure that our program will not be compromised.
We will care about each individual but there will be serious actions taken that will fix these issues. I take pride in our values and how we have conducted ourselves for a long time here at Carolina and this time will pass but it will be dealt with strongly.
We are talking about a program that has been a model of success on and off the court and it will be again. I want to thank our fans for their patience, understanding and support.’
So it appears Hairston’s fate has yet to be decided just yet with Williams and his basketball program. It also appears that it will remain unknown until the fall.
Some interesting and strong words used by Williams in his statement. Hairston needs to learn a lesson hear but then again doesn’t everyone deserve a second chance? It’s clear that many fans have mixed opinions on whether or not he should return and the reaction he receives should he take the court in October for Late Nite should be interesting!