Almost all of us made a lot of mistakes when we were 20 years old. But almost all of us weren’t on a full scholarship to play basketball at the University of North Carolina. Almost all of us weren’t the best player on the team, and expected to be a lottery pick in next year’s draft.
PJ Hairston does best all of those responsibilities and he let his team, his coach, and himself down. After being stopped earlier this summer in Durham for marijuana possession, while driving a convicted felon’s rental car, Hairston got in more trouble, as we was stopped driving 93 in a 65 miles per hour zone.
Again, there’s no point in talking about what we did wrong when we were 20. This is about being held responsible, especially when you’re the face of a basketball program.
Clearly PJ Hairston doesn’t take that responsibility seriously enough, and its time for Roy Williams to cut ties with his star player. That will be a tremendous blow to a program that already has been through some lean years (by Tar Heel standards) and wasn’t expected to be a national title contender this season.
But it’s the right thing to do. More importantly, hopefully it teaches Hairston some accountability moving forward.