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Assault charges against Hairston dropped

Rookie has charges stemming from a fight at a YMCA in Durham dropped.

Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

The Charlotte Hornets and rookie P.J. Hairston received some good news, as assault charges against Hairston were dropped earlier this week.

In case you forgot, the charges stemmed from a fight Hairston got in in July at a YMCA in Durham. According to the Durham Herald-Sun, Durham District Attorney Roger Echols dropped the charges at the request of the alleged victim, Northern High School senior forward Kentrell Barkley. The two got into it after exchanging words during a basketball game at the YMCA.

It is some needed good news for the first round draft pick, who has dealt with plenty of off-the-court issues over the past 12 months, including being arrested at a traffic spot for suspected marijuana possession, and a handgun was found near the car he was in.

Hairston is averaging five points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game coming off the bench so far this season, and has played so well that head coach Steve Clifford is giving Hairston his first career NBA start Friday night against the Phoenix Suns.

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