Mar 17, 2013; Greensboro, NC, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels guard P.J. Hairston (15) reacts in the second half. The Hurricanes defeated the Tar Heels 87-77 in the championship game of the ACC tournament at Greensboro Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

P.J. Hairston is Headed Down a Very Dangerous Road

All seemed pretty well in Chapel Hill, star P.J. Hairston had charges dropped against him, and it looked like he might turn out OK. Well, that ended up not being the case. On Sunday, Hairston was cited for driving 93 mph in a 65-mph zone.

Those kind of actions are unacceptable, and will not be tolerated by anyone, not just the North Carolina basketball team. While doing this not only was he hurting himself, or even the entire UNC basketball program, but most importantly he was putting everyone around him in danger. Driving 93 MPH in a 65 MPH zone isn’t just speeding, that’s nearly 30 MPH over the speed limit. P.J. was driving carelessly and recklessly, driving that fast isn’t a safe method of driving.

Once the news came out, UNC immediately suspended Hairston indefinitely, and rightfully so. Ole Roy has had enough, and so has everyone else. It is not a given that he will ever wear Carolina blue again, some do not want him to. A majority of people want him gone, and kicked off the team. I can see their point, but the Tar Heels are going to need him desperately this upcoming season.

Roy needs to have yet another talk with PJ and tell him this is the last straw. The suspension was a nice punishment and it could have been more fatal. He could have been kicked off, but he wasn’t. Roy needs to tell him the truth and what kind of road P.J. is headed down: a road of self destruction. Sounds a bit harsh, but he deserves it. If he keeps this up, what NBA team is going to take a chance on him? Someone who can’t behave off the court, and doesn’t take the fact he is now a leader on the team very seriously.

Unless P.J. can look in the mirror, and change his recent behavior. He is headed down a very dangerous road. After Reggie Bullock’s departure, P.J. was expected to be the leader of the team along with James Michael McAdoo. Well,that is gone. Hairston is no role mode now, but its not too late to straighten himself up. The entire Tar Heel Nation is depending on him. If he can just behave from now on for the duration of the suspension however long it maybe, he will be fine. He’s still on the team as of right now, but unless if he can change things, he is going down a very bad road. He is hurting himself, Tar Heel nation, and his own career.

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  • coachj

    Again, I cannot disagree more.

    First of all, the idea that you keep someone that cannot follow the rules, jeopardizes the program and has shown an habitual ability to make the wrong decision, simply because you “desperately need him” is ludicrous. Do you have any ethics?

    The fact is, this is not about whether the Tarheels “need” PJ. Nor is it about whether PJ needs the Tarheels. This is about teaching a young man and providing him the opportunity to learn from his mistakes. Simply brushing aside consequences only enable PJ to believe that his actions weren’t serious, making it difficult for him to ascertain whether future actions should be taken or not.

    What is best for this young man is to suffer serious consequences. This doesn’t mean that Coach Williams should cast him aside and leave him for the vultures. It means that PJ needs to be dismissed, and that Coach Williams can still counsel him with the path he will take in life.

    You say it is not too late, and that is true. Yet letting him stay does not provide PJ with the right message. PJ needs to lose something for what he has done. Keeping him here does not do him any service.

    PJ has already driven down the “bad” road. He did so in two rental cars and then in another while recklessly speeding. Damage done. PJ needs to hire an agent, get in shape, and go overseas for a year to grow up. Roy Williams needs to give him that push to grow up. It is as simple as that.