North Carolina investigating members of hoops team

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A Durham police spokeswoman said Wednesday there are no plans to file additional charges from the June traffic stop that resulted in the drug arrest of North Carolina basketball leading scorer P.J. Hairston.

Hairston was arrested June 5 during a license checkpoint in Durham while driving a rented SUV with two passengers. All three were charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession.

Kammie Michael said in an email the department “does not anticipate filing any additional charges in this case” and it wouldn’t release additional information.

Officers also seized a 9mm handgun found outside the rental vehicle during the search. When asked whether authorities had linked the weapon to anyone, Michael said she didn’t “have access to that information now.”

The rental vehicle was one of two driven by Hairston and later linked to a convicted felon facing a pending drug case.

Earlier Wednesday, North Carolina athletic director Bubba Cunningham issued a statement saying the school is still gathering information on potential improper conduct by members of the men’s basketball team.

Cunningham’s statement didn’t name any player specifically. But the AD did say he and coach Roy Williams “will support the appropriate disciplinary measures” for any player if warranted at the completion of the university’s investigation.

“We take these matters very seriously and are looking into these reports and the inferences they contain with all due diligence,” Cunningham said. “It is my practice not to comment on the individuals involved or the details surrounding these reports until we have sufficient understanding of the facts involved. We are still gathering information, learning information from other sources, and we will not comment until we have a strong grasp of each individual situation.”

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