Hawkins Never Spoke to NCAA About Green

Hawkins Never Spoke to NCAA About Green

Chris Hawkins, whose purchase of A.J. Green's jersey led to the Georgia receiver's four-game suspension, claims he is not an agent, or affiliated one.

He also said he never spoke to the NCAA about Green, whom he has never met in person.

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

Hawkins, a cornerback at North Carolina from 2001-03, said he had spoken to the NCAA about Tar Heel players, who are also being investigated, but not 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."

Hawkins, who lives in the Raleigh area, also 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.

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

"According to NCAA rules, an agent is any individual who markets or promotes a student-athlete," the NCAA said in its release.

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."

The University of Georgia on Friday turned down an Open Records Act request for the NCAA ruling on Green. It cited the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, and that releasing the documents would "directly identify one particular student."

"At the time the first letter was released, the player in question had not been solidly identified," said Mitch Clayton, UGA's open records manager. "At this point, based on information that has already been disseminated, releasing such documentation would directly identify one student."

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