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UNC suspends Hairston indefinitely

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: Jul 29 2013 09:06:51 AM CDT
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P.J. Hairston's repeated automotive legal troubles have landed him in trouble with his school, too.

The University of North Carolina announced Sunday night that it was suspending the junior guard indefinitely hours after Hairston received a citation alleging careless and reckless driving near Salisbury, N.C.

USA Today Sports reported that Hairston, the Tar Heels' leading scorer, was cited for driving 93 mph in 65 mph zone.

A court date was set for Aug. 30 in Rowan County, N.C.

Separate criminal charges against Hairston stemming from his June 5 arrest were dismissed on July 22. He had been charged with marijuana possession and driving without a license in connection with the June arrest, which followed a May speeding citation. In both the May and June incidents, Hairston was alleged to have been driving cars connected to Hayden "Fats" Thomas, a convicted felon.

Tar Heels coach Roy Williams said in a statement earlier this month, "These (incidents) 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."

In his sophomore season, Hairston averaged 14.6 points for the Tar Heels, who lost to Kansas in the third round of the NCAA Tournament.

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