Suspended UNC player to practice
NORTH CAROLINA coach Roy Williams will allow suspended guard P.J. Hairston to practice with the team when it begins workouts today.
Williams suspended his leading scorer indefinitely in July after he was charged with speeding and reckless driving. He also had twice been cited by authorities during the offseason while driving a rental vehicle linked to a felon.
In a statement yesterday, Williams said it is Hairston's "first step toward permanently earning his place back on the roster" and that Hairston would sit out an undetermined number of games. In a news conference after that release, Williams said he has put Hairston through 18 days of extra conditioning work and stripped him of any leadership role on the team as part of his punishment.
He said he'll make a final decision on Hairston's punishment before the season opener Nov. 8 against Oakland. When asked whether the NCAA was involved in that process, Williams said, "I can't speak for what the NCAA is doing or not doing. I know Roy Williams has a tremendous voice in what else is going to be done."
"P.J. has done more conditioning this preseason than any player I've ever had," Williams said. "He's done more than three times more than any player I've ever had. He has not asked me the question yet but I know it's in his mind: He's wondering if he's on a track scholarship."
Hairston wasn't available for the team's preseason media day interviews, but issued a statement apologizing for his actions.
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