But--as Olympic Fan has pointed out, it's apparently not illegal to own an unregistered gun in NC, so unless the police could not only connect the gun to the people in the car (which a clip might do) but connect it to something illegal--having been stolen or having been used in a crime, for example--it might not make any difference. Although I don't remember seeing any formal report, I think I read somewhere (maybe on Pack Pride?) that the police determined the gun was "clean."
Granted, as Urinal Cake noted, the presence of a gun does suggest the possibility that the people in the car may have been dealing rather than just possessing, but I doubt that kind of inference, without more, could be the basis for a criminal charge. For what it's worth, my gut instinct (also, clearly, not relevant in any legal proceedings) tells me that they were not actually dealing, gun or no gun.
To be clear on where I am coming from in this new thread, I believe PJ was treated differently than the other two guys in the vehicle because he is star player for UNC. Thus I am totally with the mom of the other kid in that the situation did not end fairly. Had Falcoune been driving and PJ a passenger, maybe it would make a little more sense. Can't say for sure. I just feel the Falcoune kid got a raw deal even though his penalty was relatively light. The bigger impact is it goes on his record and follows him through life while PJ's record remains clean.
"[T]he tarnished Tar Heels that bear little resemblance to the revered program built by Dean Smith."- Ashville Times
"UNC and the NCAA are trying to conceal that the fraud was specifically designed to pad the transcripts of varsity athletes" - Bloomberg
So from that perspective, I can see how they'd be peeved at the difference in Hairston's sentence as compared to Faulcone's, however minor it may seem.
University of North Carolina system. A parent might reasonably expect that if her child, a star basketball player at one institution, is caught in the same incident with a star basketball player from another institution in the same system, that the two players might get similar treatment.
Arguably, the two ball players are not in identical circumstances. One had a better lawyer and was pro-active to take steps to get the charges dropped, the other didn't. One is a star on a perennially elite team, the other stars on a team that hardly gets recognition in the state. Both players have put their schools in jeopardy with potential NCAA violations because of the circumstances of the vehicle rental. However, the elite, pro-active player gets "suspended from the team indefinitely" after the next -- his third -- traffic incident (and after the under-age drinking photos made the social media rounds), while the other star player is suspended from the school for a semester for his first offense.
Yeah, I can see how Faulcone's mom might be a little peeved, especially since the two players attend schools in the same University of North Carolina system.
(Yes, I know that the UNC System's 17 schools aren't all equal, but they do have the same BOG. My kids have attended NCSU and UNC-G, so I'm well aware of the differences in the schools. That web page I linked sure makes them look a lot more equal.)
Has momma talked to anyone yet, or has this blown over?
For those of us outside the twitterverse, can anyone post a link or cut/paste her comments/tweets?
PJ is the gift that keeps on giving for all State and Duke fans. This story just won't go away, but it appears as though UNC won't do anything about it until the NCAA gets involved.
Of course I'm sure heels fans everywhere will be quick to point out that these tickets can't be tied to PJ and that this is all some gigantic coincidence.
Is this the first time Porsche (for which there is no substitute) has made an appearance in Wheels for Heels?
The final two parking citations were issued while the car was rented from April 25 to June 17 under the name of Catinia Farrington, who shares Thomas' Durham address....
In addition, a 2009 Porsche Cayenne registered to Farrington was twice cited for campus parking violations, once on April 19 and once on July 1, according to school records.
Wonder who was driving the Cayenne?
Couldn't be Hairston. UNC players don't get parking ticktets...
Funny how those crazies keep digging more gold every week, while the IC crowd keeps thumbing their nose at State fans claiming this is all in their sick minds.