P.J. Hairston's stock went through the roof last season, as far as most Carolina fans are concerned. He may not have gotten a lot of attention on that national level, but everyone who watched the Tar Heels could see what he brought to the game.
And that was before he even started a game.
Hairston's fire and emotion was contagious every time he stepped on the floor. He didn't even have to be a scorer for the team to ignite.
But score, he did.
Even with just 14 starts and a season average of 23.6 minutes, Hairston led all scorers with 14.6 points per contest. As a starter, he averaged 18 points.
He got it done in other areas, too. He averaged 4.3 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.3 steals per game. He was also the second-best three-point threat on the squad at 39.6 percent.
All of that, and he still had room for improvement.
Hairston was to spend the summer developing his mid-range game and becoming more selective with his shots. Instead, his summer has turned into a complete disaster off the court.
Hairston was busted for driving without a license and possessing marijuana in early June. The charges have since been dismissed, but the story isn't over yet.
There was a rental car Hairston was driving, but it wasn't under his name. He was also busted for speeding the month prior in a different rental car.
Was he borrowing these from friends? Or was someone giving Hairston improper benefits?
You can bet those answers won't come in a timely fashion. The NCAA will never be accused of being swift with their investigations.
Just when we thought matters couldn't get worse, Hairston was busted for speeding once again on June 28. The ticket was for 93 in a 65 mph zone.
A surprising amount of Tar Heels fans have stayed locked to P.J. Hairston's side this summer. But with this last incident, fans may begin to wonder if Hairston even wants to play.
The only way he can possibly earn the respect of these fans again is speaking out in public and getting it done on the hardwood. But he may have just taken away any hope for the latter.
UPDATE: Monday, July 29, at 8:19 a.m. EST by Rollin Yeatts
UNC announced his indefinite suspension on Sunday night.
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P.J. Hairston's stock couldn't possibly get lower right now. What's worse, is it has nothing to do with his skill.
And that's just a damn shame.