Update: Keeping It Heel has been informed by a source in attendance that Hairston did not in fact play in the charity game (unlike reported from WRAL) and served in a coaching role.
Less than a week after being suspended by Coach Roy Williams from the University of North Carolina basketball team, PJ Hairston took to the court to play the game he loves.
Last night Hairston played in a local charity basketball game in his hometown of Greensboro. The game was a charity for raising money in memory of a pregnant woman and her son who were killed in a Memorial Day weekend boating accident.
Former teammates and UNC Alumni Kendall Marshall and Reggie Bullock also participated in the event Friday.
Hairston has spent most of the summer in the negative news highlight reel. First he was arrested for possession of marijuana and driving without a license. Those charges were dropped eventually. Then questions began to pop up about his relationships Hadyn “Fats” Thomas. After the charges were dropped, it began to look positive for Hairston that he would play this season.
The final straw was last Sunday when he was pulled over for reckless driving. Hairston was going nearly thirty miles per hour over the legal speed limit.
Just hours after his citation the school announced that Hairston was indefinitely suspended from the basketball program. He still remains on scholarship at the university.