PJ Hairston Marijuana Arrest: North Carolina Star Facing Marijuana Charges

Mar 22, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels guard P.J. Hairston (15) celebrates after a score with teammate Reggie Bullock (35) against the Villanova Wildcats in the second half during the second round of the 2013 NCAA tournament at the Sprint Center. North Carolina defeated Villanova 78-71. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

North Carolina Tar Heels star basketball player P.J. Hairston finds himself in some legal trouble after being arrested on marijuana charges this week. Hairston, who was the Tar Heels leading scorer as a sophomore last season, was stopped by Durham police at a checkpoint. He was charged with possessing a small amount of marijuana and driving without a license, according to an ABC 11 News in Raleigh report.

The good news for Hairston is that this is his first offense, so the situation may not turn out to be too bad for him and Tar Heels.

North Carolina spokesman Steve Kirschne said that the university is aware of the situation and gathering additional information, but there was no word or hints as to whether or not the school will suspend him for a limited amount of time this year.

The Tar Heels enter this season with high hopes and a great returning group of players, so hopefully Hairston can put this off-court distraction behind him and move forward with his full focus on next season.

Topics: Basketball, North Carolina Tar Heels, PJ Hairston

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