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North Carolina P.J. Hairston (15) interacts with his teammates after the first half of the NCAA college exhibition basketball game against UNC-Pembroke in Chapel Hill, N.C., Friday, Oct. 28, 2011.  (AP Photo/Jim R. Bounds)

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North Carolina P.J. Hairston (15) interacts with his teammates after the first half of the NCAA college exhibition basketball game against UNC-Pembroke in Chapel Hill, N.C., Friday, Oct. 28, 2011. (AP Photo/Jim R. Bounds)

Report: Hairston got rental from ‘Fatts’

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DURHAM — P.J. Hairston, North Carolina basketball’s leading scorer last season, told police on the night of his June arrest on a drug charge that he was given the rental vehicle he was driving to visit friends in Atlanta, according to a detailed police report.

Hairston also tried to switch places with one of two passengers before arriving at the license checkpoint according to a copy of the report, which was obtained by The News and Observer of Raleigh and reviewed by The Associated Press on Friday.


Hairston said he had received the SUV two hours earlier from a man he identified as “Fatts.” Rental records show Haydn “Fats” Thomas, a convicted felon facing pending drug charges, rented the 2013 GMC Yukon from June 2 to June 5 for a cost of $1,261.64.

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