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Friday, September 10, 2010

A.J. jersey-buyer tells his side

Chris Hawkins, whose purchase of A.J. Green’s jersey led to the Georgia receiver’s four-game suspension, claims he never spoke to the NCAA about Green.

Hawkins, a cornerback at North Carolina from 2001-03, also said he is not an agent, and does not work for one. He said he has also never met Green face-to-face.

Green was suspended four games on Wednesday, including one game he already sat, for selling his jersey for $1,000 to Hawkins.

Hawkins said he has spoken to the NCAA about North Carolina players, who are also being investigated. But he said he wasn’t asked about Green.

“I never spoke to the NCAA about AJ,” Hawkins said. “I’m sure he talked to them. And he was honest with them. They never really came to me.”

In announcing Green’s suspension, the NCAA said Green had sold the jersey someone who was defined as an agent.

Hawkins denied any formal association with agents.

“I know a few. But I don’t do anything. I don’t do anything for agents,” Hawkins said.

Hawkins said he met Green through the receiver’s Facebook account, and the two began a conversation. At one point he asked if he could purchase Green’s jersey. But he said he has never met Green in person.

Hawkins said he owns other jerseys, including two NFL players (Marshawn Lynch of the Buffalo Bills and Chris Cooley of the Washington Redskins) and NBA star Chris Paul.

He said he never realized that buying the jersey from Green could cause him trouble with the NCAA.

“It’s his personal jersey. It’s not like they didn’t give it to him. If it was his I-pod I would’ve asked for that,” Hawkins said. “I just hope the NCAA researches it, and sees that I’m not an agent, and reduces his suspension.”


Anonymous said...

Seth - do you know if there is any way to make it so the comments that show up on the white-background and gray-background site are the same?

I never noticed this before (I always thought the only difference was the color), but I like to read the white-background site, but it seems there is more discussion taking place on the other version.

I don't know if its possible to fix or not, but thought I'd ask. Keep up the good work.

Anonymous said...

I have a hard time beliving that this guy didn't think Aj might get in trouble for selling the jersey.