P.J. Hairston has had a rough first year in the NBA. Even before it started, he got into an altercation with high schooler at a pick-up game last summer (charges were dropped). Then he signed with an “agent” who was not certified to do business with the league (the players’ union does the certification). Late in the season he missed a workout and was benched by coach Steve Clifford, something that seemed the culmination of whispers about his work ethic and focus. Plus on the court he got in just 35 games and shot 32 percent from the floor when he did.
Hairston is currently playing for the Charlotte Summer League team trying to improve his reputation on and off the court (but he was shooting below 30 percent this summer heading into Wednesday).
This isn’t going to help: Hairston was cited June 18 for driving with a revoked license, reports the Charlotte Observer.
According to the citation, Hairston’s 2015 black Cadillac Escalade was traveling at 51 mph in a 35 mph zone on Toddville Road heading toward Freedom Drive. The tags were expired and his vehicle went more than half its width over the double yellow line for 25-30 yards, according to a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police officer N.S. Bush in his report.
“P.J. is young, he’s human and we all make mistakes,” said Brittney Bogues, CEO of All In PR and who works with Hairston. “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.”
If this were a one-off situation as his representation wants to sell it, you could see that. We all have made the stupid mistakes of youth. But in 2013 Hariston was popped for driving on a suspended license and misdemeanor marijuana possession, charges that were later dismissed after he updated his license and took a drug test.
Hairston is under contract with the Hornets for this season; then they have to decide if they will pick up the third year of his rookie contract.