North Carolina’s leading scorer from last year has found himself in the news constantly this summer. Today, it’s a bitter-sweet news headline for returning junior guard PJ Hairston. Hairston by passed the NBA to return to UNC again this fall.
Today, Hairston pleaded guilty to a speeding charge which was reduced from a reckless driving charge that was given last month. Hairston was charged with reckless driving after being clocked at 93 miles per hour in a 65 miles per hour zone on Interstate 85.
Hairston was charged with possession of marijuana earlier this summer before that was dropped too.
Rowan County District Judge Kevin Eddinger accepted the plea Tuesday for driving 75 mph in a 65 mph zone from attorney T. Gregory Jones. Hairston, who didn’t attend the hearing, was required to pay a $40 fine and court costs.
Hairston’s status with the team has been up in the air all summer long with his continuous troubles. Just a few weeks ago, Bubba Cunningham announced that Hairston would play, with Hairston himself telling the Daily Tar Heel the same thing.