Charlotte Hornets guard P.J. Hairston has been cited for driving with a revoked license, as well as speeding, driving left of center and driving on expired tags.
The Charlotte Observer reports Hairston received the citation around noon on June 18 after driving 51 miles per hour in a zone where the limit was 35. Hairston's PR representative Brittney Bogues said Hairston had a current license, but that ‘a misplacement of documents by another county’ led to the charge. According to the report, Bogues was ‘confident’ charges would be dismissed at Hairston's court date on July 27, and he complied with officials.
“P.J. is young, he’s human and we all make mistakes,” Bogues told the Observer. “Some of it was misrepresented. He was given a citation like any other person would be given. And once you comply with the situation and show proof of rectifying the situation, which he’s done, everything is dismissed. He’s really trying to focus on what he’s here to do and that’s play basketball and support the community and get past this.”
This marks the third straight summer Hairston, 22, has faced legal trouble. In 2013, while at North Carolina, he was arrested for misdemeanor marijuana possession as well as driving without a license. Those charges were dismissed, but further off-court problems led to his suspension and eventual dismissal from the Tar Heels program.
The Hornets selected Hairston 26th in 2014, and less than two weeks afterward he was charged with misdemeanor assault and battery after allegedly punching a 17-year-old player during a pickup game at a Durham, N.C., YMCA. That charge was eventually dropped.
Hairston averaged 5.3 points on 32.3% shooting as a rookie, logging 15.3 minutes per game for Charlotte.
- Jeremy Woo