Charlotte Hornets guard P.J. Hairston, a first-round draft pick last month, must appear in Durham County (N.C.) Court on misdemeanor charges of assault and battery following an altercation during a weekend pickup basketball game.

Hairston released the following statement Monday:

"I want to apologize to the Hornets organization and our fans for creating this distraction. As this is now a legal matter, I cannot comment on the situation any further. I am truly sorry for any embarrassment that I have caused."

Hairston's court date is Aug. 8.

"The organization is aware of the charges filed against P.J. Hairston regarding yesterday's incident," the Hornets said in a statement. "It is a legal matter and we will have no further comment until the legal process has run its course."

Paul Sherwin, the public information officer for the Durham County Sheriff's Office, said Hairston, 21, was issued a summons on Monday but will not be arrested.

"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, according to ESPN.com. "We don't charge people in (unwitnessed) fistfights. They have to file a report with the magistrate office."

Kentrell Barkley, a 6-foot-5, 190-pound rising senior at Northern Durham High School, said in court documents that Hairston "punched him twice in the head" during a heated basketball game Sunday at the Durham YMCA.

"We were playing open gym and I was running up the court and he hit me in the forehead with his fist," the 17-year-old Barkley told ESPN.com on Sunday. "I walked up to him and asked him what happened, and then he hit me again in the neck."

Hairston's agent, Juan Morrow, confirmed to ESPN that his client threw a punch at Barkley. However, Morrow said it was in retaliation.

"The pickup game got heated, the kid swung at P.J. and P.J. swung back," Morrow said. "P.J. did not go out and beat up a little kid like some people want to make it out to be."

Hairston earlier responded via Twitter on Monday:

"Believe none of what you hear and half of what you see."

Hairston was kicked off the University of North Carolina team in December following an investigation involving impermissible benefits. He also twice was cited for traffic violations.

Hairston finished last season in the NBA Development League, where he averaged 21.8 points per game for the Texas Legends. He was drafted 26th overall by the Miami Heat, then was dealt to Charlotte for the 24th overall pick (Connecticut guard Shabazz Napier) and two second-round picks.