Assault-and-battery charges dropped against Hornets’ P.J. Hairston


In July, P.J. Hairston got into a fight with a high school player during a pick-up game, and the Hornets forward was charged with assault and battery.

Now, those charges being dropped.

Keith Upchurch of The Herald-Sun:

District Attorney Roger Echols dropped misdemeanor assault charges Thursday against former UNC basketball player and current Charlotte Hornets rookie P.J. Hairston. The charges stemmed from the alleged assault in July on a Northern High School student during a game of pickup basketball at the downtown Durham YMCA.

Echols said he dropped the charge of simple assault and battery at the request of  Kentrell Barkley, who claimed Hairston punched him in the face during the game.

The best thing for Hairston is to distance himself from all the nonsense – including driving incidents while at North Carolina, loaning his car to NFL receiver Josh Gordon and signing with the an uncertified agent – that has surrounded him. If the high school player thinks dropping the charges is the right call, all the better for Hairston.

Hairston is beginning to find his way in Charlotte, cracking the rotation and showing signs of potential. He still has a long way to go as a player, and his focus now must be on avoiding more off-court incidents so he can focus on improving on the court.