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After punching high schooler, P.J. Hairston follows Josh Gordon controversy with agent scandal

Jul 10, 2014, 11:48 PM EDT

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Hornets first-round pick P.J. Hairston has barely been in the NBA two weeks, but trouble keeps following him.

First, he punched a high schooler. He was charged and apologized, and perhaps Hairston could have faded from the spotlight.

But then he strangely swapped cars with Cleveland Browns receive Josh Gordon – after meeting him at a grocery store no less. Of course, Gordon got a DWI in Hairston’s car.

Somehow, the craziness didn’t even end there.

Kami Mattioli of Sporting News:

Hairston’s agent, Juan Morrow, identifies himself as a “certified player agent” on his website and social media profiles for his agency, Upside Media Group.

According to the National Basketball Players Association, that’s not true.

In fact, Robert Gadson, director of the NBPA’s Security and Agent Administration Department told Sporting News on Thursday that there is “no record of a Juan Morrow in (the NBPA’s) files, nor is there record of an applicant by that name.”

Sporting News reached out to Morrow for comment, but the phone call was not returned.

For what it’s worth, Morrow’s profile on the Upside Media Group website has replaced the words “Certified NBPA Agent“ with “Marketing Expert.” But Morrow simply removing the claim won’t end this issue.

The Collective Bargaining Agreement stipulates:

The NBA shall not approve any Player Contract between a player and a Team unless such player (a) is represented in the negotiations with respect to such Player Contract by an agent or representative duly certified by the Players Association in accordance with the Players Association’s Agent Regulation Program and authorized to represent him, or (b) acts on his own behalf in negotiating such Player Contract.

The NBA shall impose a fine of $50,000 upon any Team that negotiates a Player Contract with an agent or representative not certified by the Players Association in accordance with the Players Association’s Agent Regulation Program if, at the time of such negotiations, such Team either (a) knows that such agent or representative has not been so certified, or (b) fails to make reasonable inquiry of the NBA as to whether such agent or representative has been so certified.

Essentially, the NBA won’t approve Hairston’s rookie contract as long as Morrow represents him in negotiations. And if Morrow negotiates with them, the Hornets are liable for a $50,000 fine.

Hairston can dump Morrow, and rookie contracts are scaled based on pick number for first rounders, and nearly every first rounder gets the maximum 120 percent of the scale amount. Hairston could probably handle negotiations himself. “120 percent please.” Done.

But the Hornets might be pretty ticked if they get fined. It’s their responsibility to check on agent certification – and we don’t even know whether they negotiated with Morrow, so they might have handled that well. Still, they don’t want to subject themselves to this.

Hairston is really turning into a handful.

  1. bkbell3 - Jul 10, 2014 at 11:58 PM

    I get everything but how is his fault that he lends his car to someone who is then stopped and charged with dui and the guy who owns the car is not even in the car?smh

    • christdp443 - Jul 11, 2014 at 12:39 AM

      honestly, if you “swap” cars with someone facing a year long drug suspension & they end up getting pinched for a DUI, it’s not your fault per se, but it is a crime of stupidity.

      • 6thsense10 - Jul 11, 2014 at 8:22 AM

        Hmm. Ok…then let the police charge him with a “crime of stupidity” and move on. I wonder what the fine or penalty is for this alleged crime. Oh nothing? So it’s just your opinion? Alrighty then.

    • weaselpuppy - Jul 11, 2014 at 2:23 PM

      apparently dumb people don’t understand how other dumb people behave in a dumb manner….

      and in other news, water is wet.

  2. ranfan12 - Jul 10, 2014 at 11:59 PM

    never seen someone switch cars so fast after meeting. must be a benefit of having good money (for now, pj hairston -_-)

  3. ningenito78 - Jul 11, 2014 at 12:03 AM

    This LeBron s–t is getting annoying.

    • hurricanegrabowski - Jul 11, 2014 at 12:04 AM

      It’s so annoying, that people say it’s annoying on articles completely unrelated to LeBron.

  4. rrhoe - Jul 11, 2014 at 12:05 AM

    I really thought this guy an gotten a freakin’ clue but if he’s like this now I can only imagine how he’ll be when he signs and gets the checks coming in.

  5. 00maltliquor - Jul 11, 2014 at 12:22 AM

    Wow, this guy…

  6. gmsalpha - Jul 11, 2014 at 12:58 AM

    Does PJ stand for “Poor Judgement”?

    • rrhoe - Jul 11, 2014 at 7:15 AM

      Either that or he just “Can’t get right”…..

  7. themars211 - Jul 11, 2014 at 1:03 AM

    Ok, I get it about punching the high school student. I can even see with the car swap,but how is it his fault that someone misrepresented as an agent. I’m almost certain throughout the draft process his “agent” has been around. So how come nobody else didn’t realize he wasn’t an agent?

  8. fordmandalay - Jul 11, 2014 at 1:09 AM

    I foresee very interesting times ahead for the Hornets. What a genius pick.

    • greatmiamisportsmind - Jul 11, 2014 at 2:02 AM

      Actually if I’m not mistaken, Miami selected this clown and packaged him with a 2nd round pick for Napier.

      • rrhoe - Jul 11, 2014 at 7:20 AM

        Miami made the pick for Charlotte,but imagine if he was Miami,omg to the tenth power…….

  9. officialgame - Jul 11, 2014 at 7:31 AM

    Nice going Charlotte and way to do your homework. This guy was bad news in college as we’ll.

  10. lenbias34pt - Jul 11, 2014 at 8:50 AM

    Love to get an IQ score on PJ.
    Certainly doesn’t make McCants and the UNC academic controversy any less believable.

    Or for that matter, the fact that MJ drafted this train wreck kinda makes the UNC academic controversy and McCants claims more likely than not.

    UNC is a brilliant university, with the most courteous fans. They deserve an at least reasonable group of ‘student athletes’.
    Great weekend boys!

  11. irvness21 - Jul 11, 2014 at 12:47 PM

    He played in the D-League and his “agent” has been around the whole time. Not sure how it was missed this long. He needs to go to a Gym with a Representative of the Hornets and they need to lock themselves inside until its time for training camp.

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