Since When Does The Criminal Decide His Fate?

Was reading ESPN.com when I saw an article about P. J. Hairston and a University of North Carolina tutor named Jack Halperin. Seems Halperin noted a pattern of misconduct by Hairston, who had been suspended but not kicked off the team. In June, Hairston was pulled over in a rented SUV licensed to convicted felon Hadyn “Fats” Thomas. He was charged for misdemeanor marijuana possession and driving without a license. A gun was found at the scene, but it didn’t belong to Hairston. The charges were dropped after Hairston completed a drug assessment program. Then in July, Hairston received a speeding ticket and was charged with careless and reckless driving. In response to Roy Williams leaving the guy on the team, Halperin quit after 23 years of service to UNC, providing his letter of resignation to the school paper “Daily Tar Heel.”

If I were arrested driving with no license, illegal drugs and a gun in a felon’s car, my employment at this University would end immediately.

Of course it would. But Hairston’s a star player and he’s obviously valuable to Coach Roy Williams program. Halperin continues:

Hairston’s DTH headline quote was, “I will play this season.” Since when does the criminal decide his fate?

Roy Williams doesn’t give a damn about academics. Roy Williams does give a damn about winning games, period. This guy Hairston can do whatever he wants. He could punch Williams’ wife in the face and Roy would say “well…he is our starting guard honey. Get over it.”

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I love sports. I don't love the hype, homerism, ratings talk, self-important egomaniacs, bias or any of the other nonsense you get with the national media. Nor will you get the two clowns on sports talk radio who stage phony arguments. It doesn't make it entertaining. It makes it time to turn on your iPod and jam instead of listening to white noise generators. This is the sports blog for you, the ones who don't like everything Los Angeles or New York. Just because the sporting media is based there doesn't mean we have to like their teams. We do treat them fairly, though. That means if one of those cities has an average QB who plays particularly well...we'll note it. If they're garbage, we'll say so. Instead of crying "why, why, why" like a certain sports media homer did in his radio broadcast. This isn't my job...I have a real one. Nevertheless, I'll post here when I make an observation. Common sense in sports is nearly dead. Now we're attempting to bring it back.
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3 Responses to Since When Does The Criminal Decide His Fate?

  1. If he doesn’t care about academics then why did he rescind a scholarship ten years ago to Jameson Curry, the leading scorer in North Carolina high school bball history. Riddle me that Batman.

  2. There’s one thing I hate on the blog. Unabashed homerism. If that had been Coach K, he’d get crucified for having done it. Of course, as bagtastic as Duke is, they would have run the guy.

  3. Pingback: North Carolina Having Athletes Take Fake Classes? | bittersportspills

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