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North Carolina Basketball Won’t Seek Reinstatement for Hairston

North Carolina's P.J. Hairston
P.J. Hairston of the North Carolina Tar Heels reacts after making a 3-point shot in the second half against the Miami Hurricanes on March 17, 2013 in Greensboro, North Carolina. Photographer: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

The University of North Carolina said it won’t ask the National Collegiate Athletic Association to reinstate P.J. Hairston, who led the basketball team in scoring last season before being suspended indefinitely in July.

The 6-foot-5 (2 meter) guard hasn’t played this season after averaging 14.6 points a game as a sophomore last season. Hairston totaled 707 points and made 127 three-pointers in 71 games for the Tar Heels. No. 14 North Carolina (7-3) hosts unranked in-state rival Davidson (4-7) tonight.

“He’s not a bad kid, he just made some mistakes,” North Carolina coach Roy Williams said in a statement on the school’s website. “Now he’s suffering the very difficult consequences.”

Hairston was suspended in July after receiving a traffic citation for reckless driving. A month earlier he was arrested on a misdemeanor marijuana charge and for driving without a license after a traffic stop in Durham, North Carolina.

ESPN reported at the time that the incident involved one of two vehicles being driven by Hairston that had been rented by Haydn “Fats” Thomas, a convicted felon who was facing a pending drug case.

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