North Carolina Tar Heels guard P.J. Hairston's arrest on possession of marijuana charges June 5 came in a car rented to Haydn Thomas. Thomas, a convicted felon, shares an address with a woman who rented a car in which Hairston was cited for speeding in May, USA Today's Eric Prisbell reported.
Hairston was cited for speeding last month in a 2012 Chevrolet Camaro SS paid for by Catinia Farrington, whose address matches that of Thomas. When Hairston was arrested June 5, he was in a 2013 GMC Yukon rented to Thomas' name, according to USA Today.
Thomas said that he rented the Yukon for himself and that a friend, Miykael Faulcon of Durham, had borrowed the car to go to a store when the arrest occurred. Thomas said in a telephone interview that Hairston followed him on Twitter only because "I promote parties."
Hairston, Faulcon and a third passenger, Carlos Sanford, were all arrested and charged with drug possession. Hairston, who was driving, was also charged with driving without a license. A police report said a 9-millimeter handgun and nine rounds of ammunition were also seized during the traffic stop that led to the arrest, USA Today said.
Hairston led North Carolina with 14.6 points per game last season. He opted against entering the NBA Draft after his sophomore season.
Thomas said neither the NCAA nor North Carolina has reached out to him to talk about his relationship with Hairston, USA Today said.