Haydn “Fats” Thomas, the convicted felon who rented the SUV that North Carolina basketball player P.J. Hairston was driving at the time of his arrest, has business ties to an adjunct faculty member at the UNC School of Dentistry and is more familiar with UNC athletes than he claimed earlier in the week. In a July 3 interview with USA Today, Thomas said he didn't know Hairston or anyone at North Carolina. He clarified that statement in a phone interview Friday. “We throw parties, for Christ's sake,” Thomas said when asked how he knew UNC athletes.