Recently, University of North Carolina athletics tutor, Jack Halperin became frustrated and resigned because of the reinstatement of basketball standout PJ Hairston.
We are all familiar with the story: Hairston was suspended from the Tar Heels indefinitely in late July following a series of traffic violations which occurred over a three-month period.
After all charges against Hairston from his June 5 marijuana possession arrest were dismissed by Durham County, NC prosecutors, and after he pled guilty to a charge of speeding after being cited for reckless driving in July, Hairston was told in September that he would be allowed to practice with the team during the team's preseason activities.
In a letter to the editor of The Daily Tar Heel, Halperin writes:
Roy, after 23 years as an academic tutor, and after going through the devastating football scandal, I am resigning in protest of your disgraceful decision to allow P.J. Hairston to remain on the team.
If I were arrested driving with no license, illegal drugs and a gun in a felon’s car, my employment at this University would end immediately.
The problem that Halperin and many others fail to realize is that Hairston is a student-athlete and not an employee of the University.
Many that disagree with student-athletes being paid, are quick to point out that they are not employees of colleges/universities and don’t deserve to be compensated in any form.
Since the student-athlete isn’t an employee, that leaves it up to UNC athletic director, Bubba Cunningham and head basketball coach, Roy Williams to discipline according to what they feel is appropriate.
No employee handbook to go by and also no grievance committee to answer too.
People have to quit talking out of both sides of their mouths. Respect the Heels decision and move on.
Right or wrong, they will have to live with the decision to reinstate.
At this present time we have the slightest idea how many games Hairston will miss but no matter how many; critics will not be satisfied unless he is suspended for the whole season or is permanently kicked off the team.