Currently Hairston is indefinitely suspended after having several high-profile incidents with the law this summer.
This week Jack Halperin; a tutor at UNC resigned while criticizing Roy Williams for allowing Hairston to stay on the team. In his letter he wrote:
Roy, after 23 years as an academic tutor, and after going through the devastating football scandal, I am resigning in protest of your disgraceful decision to allow P.J. Hairston to remain on the team.
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.
Hairston’s DTH headline quote was, “I will play this season.” Since when does the criminal decide his fate?
Athletic academic tutor
When you look at it from Halperin’s point of view, he brings up some pretty valid points. The average person does not get away with doing the things that Hairston did in most cases, and Halperin’s point about Hairston adamantly declaring he would play is a good one.
While some of Halperin’s criticisms are a little over the top, they do provoke serious questions. Is Hairston getting special treatment? Should he be? When does it stop?
The more attention Hairston’s punishment or lack thereof gets will only put more pressure on the NCAA to suspend him more explicitly. Keep in mind; the NCAA’s stance on the Hairston drama to this point has only been to make a statement saying that they were looking into matters. It is still yet to be seen whether they are done looking in or not.
Another important issue with the Hairston discipline is whether or not Hairston is really learning any sort of lesson. As Halperin alluded to, Hairston seemed pretty confident that he would paly next year. It doesn’t seem as though he realizes how much jeopardy he put his career at UNC in.