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PJ Hairston says he switched cars with Josh Gordon after first meeting him

PJ-HairstonHow is it that Josh Gordon was driving a car that was registered to Charlotte Hornets rookie P.J. Hairston at the time of his DWI arrest last weekend? Gordon and Hairston met by chance in a grocery store parking lot (for the first time in their lives) and decided to swap cars, of course. At least, that’s what Hairston is selling.

Hairston told Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer that he bumped into Gordon at a grocery store in Chapel Hill last Friday night. After a quick introduction and an exchange of phone numbers, Hairston claims he let the Cleveland Browns receiver borrow his Cadillac.

“Me and Josh Gordon met at the Fresh Market in Chapel Hill,” Hairston explained. “I walked there to get food and happened to run into him in there. I am a football fan so I knew who he was. Right away, we started talking about football, basketball and we walked outside.

“He saw my car and asked me ‘What are you doing?’ He asked if I minded if we switched cars and we exchanged numbers and he was going to drive my car that night and bring it back to me. I said OK, and we switched cars. The rest of that is history.”

And that was that. Hairston didn’t know Gordon any better than his fantasy football owners know him, but he figured there was no harm is letting a stranger borrow his car. Of course, Gordon was later bailed out by convicted felon Haydn “Fats” Thomas — the guy who allegedly loaned Hairston the car that got him in trouble at UNC. That was all part of the incredible coincidence.

“Once I realized that he had connections with people that got me in trouble in the past, I figured it would probably be a problem,” Hairston added.

I don’t even know what Hairston is trying to get us to believe. Is he trying to say Gordon and “Fats” conned him into a chance meeting with Gordon that would result in Hairston lending out his car? Hairston’s story is so ridiculous it’s almost laughable.

H/T Deadspin

Report: Josh Gordon driving PJ Hairston’s car at time of DWI arrest

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While Charlotte Hornets first-round draft pick P.J. Hairston was off allegedly punching a 17-year-old in the face during a YMCA pick-up basketball game this weekend, Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon was getting arrested for driving while impaired in Hairston’s car. Well, Hairston’s incident happened on Sunday and Gordon’s on Saturday, but you get the point.

Will Brinson of CBSSports.com reported on Monday that the 2015 GMC Yukon that was being driven by Gordon at the time of his arrest is registered to Samuel Peterson Hairston Jr., which is P.J. Hairston’s full legal name.

In addition, the man who posted Gordon’s $500 bond was Haydn “Fats” Thomas, a convicted felon who allegedly loaned Hairston the car he was driving last year when he was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana and driving without a license. Hairston did not play for UNC all of last season due to his legal issues.

Did you follow all that? Simply put, it appears that Gordon and Hairston — two professional athletes who have had numerous problems off the court — run with the same inner circle. It sounds like they both need to get away from it.

High schooler says he was sucker-punched by PJ Hairston

PJ-HairstonFormer North Carolina star P.J. Hairston was allegedly involved in an altercation with a high schooler during a pickup game at a local YMCA on Sunday.

Hairston, who was selected by the Charlotte Hornets with the 26th overall pick in last month’s draft, has been accused of hitting a 17-year-old twice.

Kentrell Barkley, a senior at Northern Durham High who is being recruited by several mid-major programs, claims Hairston hit him once in the head and once in the neck.

“We were playing open gym and I was running up the court and he hit me in the forehead with his fist,” Barkley told ESPN.com’s Jeff Goodman. “I walked up to him and asked him what happened and then he hit me again in the neck.”

Hairston’s agent Juan Morrow admitted that P.J. threw a punch at Barkley but said it was in retaliation.

“The pickup game got heated, the kid swung at P.J. and P.J. swung back,” Morrow explained.

Vince Phillips, a friend of Barkley who plays at Coastal Carolina University, insisted Hairston was not provoked in any way.

“Kentrell’s team had beaten P.J. a few times and they were winning again,” Phillips said. “P.J. was talking to him, then he got the ball, looked up the court and dribbled to Kentrell full-speed, threw his fist and then went and scored. Then he hit him again.

“I’m a lifelong UNC fan and I played against P.J. in high school. I’ve always rooted for him — even with all the stuff that happened last year. But after this, I don’t think I could look him in the face.”

Phillips added that Barkley was not the only player Hairston started with and that he was “looking for problems.” Barkley said he did not suffer any injuries but has still filed a police report and plans to press charges.

Hairston also had off-court issues at North Carolina, where he did not play a single game last year after a suspension stemming from an NCAA investigation into his use of rental vehicles linked to a former felon and party promoter.

UNC’s PJ Hairston taken off court in stretcher after collision (Video)

PJ Hairston stretcherNorth Carolina guard PJ Hairston was taken off the court in a stretcher and diagnosed with a concussion after hitting his head on the floor following a collision with one of his teammates during the Tar Heels’ 82-70 win at Boston College Tuesday.

Hairston was attempting to block a shot on defense when he collided with teammate Dexter Strickland. His head landed hard on the floor and he was in obvious pain. The sophomore guard was taken off the court in a stretcher after being unable to walk off on his own.

“It was scary,” UNC freshman point guard Marcus Paige said, per The News & Observer. “Because I thought he’d be all right, and then he kind of did the little stumble.”

Hairston was later diagnosed with a concussion.

The freak incident marred a potential breakout game for Hairston. He was 4-for-5 on his field goals and made all four of his 3-point attempts. His 14 points in just 12 minutes tied him for second on the team. He was also on his way to seeing more action after playing just 17 minutes in each of the team’s previous two games.