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Vaillancourt worked in the Charlotte media market for decades, starting in the late 1980s when the original Charlotte Hornets were being born. He was a mainstay on the Hornets’ TV and radio broadcasts from 1990-2002 while also hosting sports talk radio shows on several local stations. Vaillancourt then moved to New Orleans when the Hornets did, working in that city for close to a decade. He returned to the Charlotte area in 2017, hosting a local sports radio talk show.

On Friday evening, The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported that Hornets forward Gordon Hayward will be out indefinitely with a left shoulder fracture, and Hayward’s wife, Robin, agrees. But that’s not how the Hornets framed it. The Athletic report surfaced shortly after the Hornets listed Hayward as out Friday against the Timberwolves — won 110-108 by Charlotte — with a left shoulder contusion, a significantly lesser ailment than what Charania reported. But Robin disputed the contusion claim on her Instagram Story, noting the injury is significantly worse than the team’s claim.