Though newly drafted Hornet P.J. Hairston had hoped to put his past off-court problems behind him, doing so has proved difficult already as he was involved in a "minor altercation" with a prep student in a pickup game in Durham.
Hairston punched Northern Durham High sr. forward Kentrell Barkley after the latter threw a punch first, Hairston's agent Juan Morrow said.— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) July 7, 2014
Meanwhile Barkley took to Twitter as well to briefly give his side of the story.
I want to make this clear, I DID NOT HIT PJ OR THROW ANY PUNCHES!— Kentrell Barkley (@mrb_4life_23) July 7, 2014
Spears added that Hairston's agent said the Hornets are aware of the situation. They offered a limited statement:
Hornets on alleged incident involving PJ Hairston: "The organization is aware of an incident this afternoon involving P.J. Hairston..."— Steve Reed (@SteveReedAP) July 7, 2014
"... We are in the process of gathering additional information and will have no further comment at this time."— Steve Reed (@SteveReedAP) July 7, 2014
Hairston had troubles at UNC-Chapel Hill that caused the NCAA to revoke his eligibility, including using a rental car that was ruled an impermissable benefit, a marijuana possession arrest and a speeding ticket. The fallout would send Hairston into the NBA D-League to continue playing.
This is one heck of a way for the Hornets to make waves as the renewed Hornets franchise enters free agency. More to come as the story develops.