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Hornets Rookie PJ Hairston Involved in Gym Altercation

Mon, 07 Jul 2014 14:46:45 +0000

Brian A. Westerholt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Charlotte Hornets rookie point guard P.J. Hairston finds himself in hot water again as he was recently involved in an altercation at a local YMCA.

A high school basketball player is alleging that he was sucker-punched by Hairston during a pick-up game.

"We were playing open gym and I was running up the court and he hit me in the forehead with his fist," said Northern Durham High rising senior Kentrell Barkley. "I walked up to him and asked him what happened and then he hit me again in the neck."

Juan Morrow, the agent for Hairston, confirmed that his client did punch Barkely. "The pick-up game got heated, the kid swung at P.J. and P.J. swung back," Morrow said.

This is the latest incident for Hairston, whose college career was derailed when he was suspended by North Carolina following an NCAA investigation into his use of rental vehicles tied to former felon and party promoter Haydn "Fats" Thomas.

He spent last season in the NBA Developmental League for the Texas Legends. He wound up being selected 26th overall by the Hornets in the Draft.

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