CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Charlotte Hornets rookie guard P.J. Hairston is scheduled to appear in Durham County (North Carolina) Court next month on misdemeanor charges of assault and battery following an altercation at a pickup game Sunday.
Paul Sherwin, the public information officer for the Durham County Sheriff’s Office, said Hairston, 21, was issued a summons Monday but will not be arrested.
Hairston practiced with the Hornets on Monday but did not talk to the media. He issued a statement through the team apologizing to the organization and its fans for “creating a distraction.”
“As this is now a legal matter, I cannot comment on the situation any further,” he said. “I am truly sorry for any embarrassment that I have caused.”
The 6-foot-6, 230-pound Hairston’s court date is Aug. 8.
“If two people get into a fight in North Carolina and there is no serious injury and is not witnessed by an officer, our hands are tied,” Sherwin said. “We don’t charge people in (unwitnessed) fistfights. They have to file a report with the magistrate office.”
Kentrell Barkley, a 6-5, 190-pound 17-year-old senior at North Durham High School, said in court documents that Hairston “punched him twice in the head” during a heated game at the Durham YMCA.
Barkley’s guardian Rich Phillips said Barkley has a knot on his forehead from one punch. He said Barkley was also punched in the neck. Phillips said he has not hired an attorney and the incident isn’t about money.
“This is about doing the right thing, and Kentrell feeling like he was violated,” Phillips said. Hairston “did this kid wrong. Kentrell is 17 years old, and what happened just isn’t right.”
SOURCE SAYS FRYE AGREES TO $32 MILLION DEAL: Forward Channing Frye agreed to a four-year, $32 million offer sheet to sign with Orlando, according to a person familiar with the deal.
Frye can fill leadership and scoring holes created by the recent jettisoning of guards Jameer Nelson and Arron Afflalo. The Magic selected former John Ehret and UL-Lafayette guard Elfrid Payton with the 10th pick of last month’s draft.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal can’t be signed until Thursday. Frye, 31, opted out of the $6.8 million he would have made in the final year of his contract with Phoenix to become an unrestricted free agent.
In Frye, the Magic add consistent scoring and a veteran presence in the locker room to go with its core of young players. After missing the 2012-13 season for treatment of an enlarged heart, Frye started all 82 games last year, averaging 11.1 points and 5.1 rebounds.
RANDOLPH, ADAMS DEALS DONE: Memphis finalized a contract extension with forward Zach Randolph and signed first-round pick Jordan Adams to a multiyear contract.
Randolph exercised his 2014-15 player option and signed a multiyear extension. His agent, Raymond Brothers, said June 27 that Randolph was exercising his $16.5 million option and had agreed on a two-year extension worth $20 million.
Adams, a 6-foot-5 guard from UCLA, was the No. 22 pick in last month’s draft. He averaged 17.4 points and led the Pac-12 with 2.64 steals per game last season as a sophomore.
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