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Now that Orange County D.A. Jim Woodall was forced to drop the felony criminal charge against former African Afro-American Studies Department head Professor Julius Nyang'oro, The News & Observer had been forced into trying to destroy one of its other tried and true targets P. J. Hairston. I shouldn't have been surprised at the headline in today's newspaper that blared "Hairston part of shoving match: Former UNC player scuffles in pickup game." But, even I was surprised that the N & O would stoop so low as to cover such nonsense... not only that but on the front page of the sports section above the fold.
The newspaper makes a big deal about Hairston's size (6-foot-6, 230 pounds), but doesn't even mention the size of his so-called opponent. For all we know he could've been 7-foot-4, 340 pounds... the newspaper, knowing that most readers will probably assume he was the average size of a high schooler at about 5-foot-9, 150 pounds. Just trying to make P. J. look bad... look like a troublemaker.
The only troublemaker in this "alleged shoving match" is The News & Observer who, like an elementary school tattletale, went to the Durham Police to try and stir things up... maybe even succeed in getting Hairston arrested for assault and battery.
The media, especially The News & Observer, is good at causing chaos and cashing in by writing and broadcasting about it. The media, in trying to scapegoat Professor Nyang'oro for the academic-athletic situation at UNC-CH (which should have been ignored as it is common practice at competitive sports universities throughout the country) was undoubtedly a major impetus for Woodall's ill-advised criminal indictment that left egg on his face... the yolk being on him.
The media likewise caused a ruckus about my innocent and altruistic actions in helping Crystal Mangum file a few documents... knowing that she would not be able to find representation by an attorney who would not sell her out. The State Bar of North Carolina admitted that it was stirred up by media types that directed them to my self-less activities that launched its legal actions against me to enjoin me from helping Mangum.
The pathetic article by Charlotte Observer writer Rick Bonnell, naturally dredged up the bogus "past problems" following Hairston which include:
1. arrest for a traffic stop;
2. arrest for marijuana possession (a charge which was dropped); and
3. a handgun found near the car he was in.
Can you believe that? So what if a handgun is found near a car he was in... and from the sound of it he wasn't even the driver. I do not have a car, but I have ridden in cars that may or may not have passed near a handgun. I have no control over that. I walk alot, and there may have been times when I walked past a handgun... so is that against the law? What's the deal?
The more significant sports story was on the bottom of today's sports section titled "UNC reaches out to McCants for meeting: Associate AD sends registered letter and texts to former star." The letter by the associate athletic director Vincent Ille read in part, "I learned today of public statements you have made that indicate your knowledge of potential NCAA rule violations involving the University of North Carolina. I would like to meet with you at your ealriest convenience to dicuss this in greater detail." No date of the letter was given, although Ille said that he had received no response fro McCants by Sunday, July 6th.
My view on this matter is that UNC-CH should not be acting as police or enforcers of NCAA policy (which is immoral and self-serving). The universities and colleges should be taking actions based upon the principles that are valued by the institutions themselves. Who cares about NCAA policies with their "impermissible benefits" doctrine? The NCAA is a parasitic cartel feasting on the talents and sweat of poor student athletes... nothing more than a middleman which should be dismantled.
McCants has been doing well in accounting for himself and his actions with respect to recent statements he made about his collegiate life and his motivations for making them. The media is finding it a lot tougher going after McCants than it has Hairston and Nyang'oro. I suggest the media-types give it up as they will be unable to twist the truth of his words. nn