North Carolina star guard P.J. Hairston will start the season on the sideline, serving out a suspension for an unspecified amount of time after he was arrested and charged with driving without a license, possessing marijuana and carrying a handgun. But according to Jack Halperin, a UNC academic tutor, the punishment is nowhere near severe enough.
Halperin wrote an open letter to Roy Williams in The Daily Tar Heel, calling it a “disgraceful decision” to allow Hairston to keep his roster spot. He also resigned over the matter.
Roy, after 23 years as an academic tutor, and after going through the devastating football scandal, I am resigning in protest of your disgraceful decision to allow P.J. Hairston to remain on the team.
If I were arrested driving with no license, illegal drugs and a gun in a felon’s car, my employment at this University would end immediately.
Hairston’s DTH headline quote was, “I will play this season.” Since when does the criminal decide his fate?
Halperin seems to suggest that there is a double standard when it comes to university employees and big-time athletes. Do you agree?