Report: Former UNC player, considered agent by NCAA, bought Green’s jersey

The person who paid Georgia wide receiver A.J. Green $1,000 for his Independence Bowl jersey is a former North Carolina football player whom the NCAA considers an agent, ESPN.com reported Thursday night.

Chris Hawkins identified himself in Facebook messages to Green as a financial advisor and memorabilia collector, according to the report, which cited unnamed sources.

The report quoted Hawkins as saying: “I didn’t come at A.J. like a marketer or an agent. I’m not an agent. I talked to him about ‘Good game this’ and ‘Good game that.’ I wanted the jersey because I collect jerseys.”

Green was suspended for four games by the NCAA on Wednesday for violation of the organization’s rule against accepting benefits from agents.

Georgia is appealing the decision to the NCAA Division I Committee on Student-Athlete Reinstatement in hopes of having the length of the suspension reduced. The appeal is expected to be considered next week. Green is not eligible to play during the appeal process.

Hawkins, a former North Carolina defensive back, is “at the center” of an NCAA investigation into alleged rules violations in the Tar Heels program, ESPN.com said. According to the report, a source said Hawkins contacted several sports agents about their interest in representing North Carolina players in the NFL draft.

The NCAA defines an agent as “any individual who markets or promotes a student-athlete.” According to the facts of the case submitted by Georgia to the NCAA, Green sold the jersey “to an individual who meets the NCAA definition of an agent.”

It also would be against NCAA rules for a student-athlete to sell memorabilia to a non-agent.

“It’s in a frame in a basement right now,” Hawkins said of Green’s jersey, according to the report.

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rrich

September 9th, 2010
10:06 pm

Enter your comments here1st

rrich

September 9th, 2010
10:07 pm

Hopefully the appeal will happen this sucks for green and uga

Rex

September 9th, 2010
10:08 pm

fo fi free

September 9th, 2010
10:09 pm

fo fi free

September 9th, 2010
10:09 pm

I THINK THEY SHOULD JAIL THE SOB…GREEN HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Tom, Resident SC Georgia Fan

September 9th, 2010
10:11 pm

Go get this jackass and make him pay.

GoBigDog

September 9th, 2010
10:13 pm

College football should be treated as what it really is – a minor league system for the NFL.. Of course players should be able to receive compensation!

Geno

September 9th, 2010
10:13 pm

Wow…Just wow. What a punk? He knew that was illegal and was just taking advantage of an athlete. I understand that AJ could have said no and it is ultimately his responsibility, but why can’t this stuff be regulated better? Maybe Saban was right, they ARE pimps!

Chris Hawkins needs a good a$$ kickin

September 9th, 2010
10:13 pm

Wow so another player falls prey to an “agent”. Chris Hawkins is screwing a lot of players up!

PKS

September 9th, 2010
10:14 pm

anyone that would refer to $1,000 as pocket change is a scum bag. Warren Buffett wouldn’t.

GoBigDog

September 9th, 2010
10:15 pm

Why mention a scumbag like Buffett?

GoBigDog

September 9th, 2010
10:16 pm

Buffett thinks that Keynesian economics work – as USA spends its way to the poor house…

Vinnie Do Lee

September 9th, 2010
10:16 pm

You homers need to get over it. AJ broke a RULE GET IT ? HE is the problem ! Richt should have kicked Greens selfish @$$ off the team !

Dawg

September 9th, 2010
10:17 pm

fo fi free, you have got to be a tech man and it shows, no class what so ever.

GoBigDog

September 9th, 2010
10:17 pm

Green is gone anyway in a couple of months… Green is doing college athletics a favor by playing… Green has nothing to prove to NFL scouts

Coach Friday

September 9th, 2010
10:19 pm

I would have paid A.J. $2000 NOT to sell the jersey.

bruce mac

September 9th, 2010
10:19 pm

Look, the bottom line is AJ broke a rule that he knew full well was a rule. He is going to have to pay for his poor judgement and so will the Bulldawgs. Lets move on and go to war with the other 100 players we have that followed the rules. GO DAWGS, this story is worn out dead.

GoBigDog

September 9th, 2010
10:20 pm

Excellent point, bruce mac..

Vinnie Do Lee

September 9th, 2010
10:21 pm

well said bruce mac ……

dawgster

September 9th, 2010
10:26 pm

I can’t look into AJ’s heart and know what he knew about this person for real and also know he should have been aware of the rules, but based on the info in the article this man did not advertise himself as an agent, of course i’m sure he wouldn’t, however, this being said, then the financial advisor/memorabillia person did not reveal that he was an agent, i believe this dam* well is mitigating circumstances that should be looked at if the info is true…If mitigating circumstances is ok for Bama, then why not UGA…Maybe the NCAA will do the right thing…

BigTimeTechFan

September 9th, 2010
10:26 pm

Bruce Mac – Agree, some good games SAt, and UGA is in one of them, that should be the talk

Go Jackets

Classic City

September 9th, 2010
10:29 pm

bruce mac is right. The story is dead, and the Dawgs have plenty of other weapons without A.J.

Robert

September 9th, 2010
10:30 pm

well said big time (from a UGA alum) why cant people act like adults?

Mountain Dawg

September 9th, 2010
10:32 pm

Richt finally wised up and got rid of Martinez before it cost him (Richt) his job. Now, he needs to either wise up and quit recruiting drunks and idiots, or be gone after this year. By the way, exactly how many games has “Sell you the shirt off my back” Green actually won for UGA?

Thumper

September 9th, 2010
10:35 pm

Yaaawwwnnn……this is gettin old. Anybody watchin Auburn-Miss St?? I caught it in the 3rd….still not sure what to think about Cam Newton.

asheville dawg

September 9th, 2010
10:36 pm

As a collector of game used jersey’s you wait till their eligibility is up or they announce they are turning pro to keep the athlete out of trouble. I also want to give A.J. two thumbs up in economics, cause he got $550-$650 more than its actually value.

Red

September 9th, 2010
10:37 pm

As the rules state, whether this guy is an agent or not, you cannot profit off your status as a college football player. The rules are there and AJ was told. It doesn’t matter what this guy did or did not say. AJ knew better and did it anyway. Time he mans up and takes responsibility. He’s not some multi million dollar NFL talent who can buy his way out of breaking rules. Cowboy up, take it like a man, and move on. Saban says agents are pimps? No one is making these kids become prostitutes. It’s their choice.

fo fi free

September 9th, 2010
10:40 pm

GOD I WANT IT TO HURT………

LIzellaDawg

September 9th, 2010
10:44 pm

Asheville Dawg, you are a fool if you think A.J. Green’s GAME WORN jersey is only worth $350. Some of the REPLICA jerseys are sold for $100. This one was actually worn in a game by a future top 5 pick in the NFL draft. If you are a collector of game used jerseys, i might need to buy some from you. Then again, pee wee football jerseys really dont interest me.

Brogens Hero

September 9th, 2010
10:45 pm

Don’t worry fo fi when win again it will hurt!

Shawn

September 9th, 2010
10:45 pm

I think he should be punished but 4 games is excessive. Why should he get 4 for a lesser infaction than Dareus? I know the Bammers will claim he lied but there is no word of it and any word of it would be purely speculation.

BTW, I wanting to point out to the People that doubt Richts toughness on discipline and claim it’s the reason the Dawgs don’t win like the gators with Urbie is his lack of discipline in these matters that 2 players were arrested 6 days prior to the first UF game for underage possession of alcohol and neither was suspended. King was suspended for 1 game. How was that tough on discipline?
Here is the article!
http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2010-08-28/sports/os-gators-matt-elam-patton-arrest-20100828_1_matt-elam-alcohol-possession-freshmen

dawgster

September 9th, 2010
10:45 pm

Vinnie Do Lee…yea kick Green off the team, that would be really a smart move, where did you come up with that one..Yea the young man made a mistake, alot of young people make mistakes, i assume though you never have…He is having to pay the consequences as a result..Do you have any proof that up until this incident that AJ was anything but a model student and player for the dawgs…The crap you posted above is absurd….AJ ios very much a part of this team and has been for 3 seasons now…Yes he made a huge blunder, i nor you know why he took the chance and sold the jersey..maybe just for some pocket change…maybe his family needed it…whatever its done and hopefully the dawgs are bigger than just one player…I guess we will find out…

dawgma

September 9th, 2010
10:46 pm

Green is an idiot kid but the NCAA are truly evil assh**es. These athletes are exploited for their talent, the universities make millions, the NCAA sux profits off the top like a fricking mob family, the NFL waves millions in front of the nation’s best players, and some poor “usually” black kid gets smoked for selling a shirt for $1000 to a jackleg agent wannebee. O – and the alumni (me included) shake our heads and whine about these dumb jocks Richt recruits.

Selah -

ct

September 9th, 2010
10:49 pm

i dont blame aj green one bit, he deserves to make money for his talents, thats why these guys all go pro after 3 years.

Brogens Hero

September 9th, 2010
10:52 pm

Dog haters love to troll our boards because they always have and always be jealous. I have better things to do then troll the bug boards. Its sad to see how jealous the losers from the North Ave Trade school are!

POAJacket

September 9th, 2010
10:55 pm

What’s funny is that no one would want a tech jersey.

DawgInDFW

September 9th, 2010
10:56 pm

For those saying AJ needs to “man up” and “take responsibility,” he is doing just that. He hasn’t complained loudly like many prima donnas would. He has stated that what he did was wrong, he regrets it and apologized. What else can he do to man up?

UGA is appealing the decision. Not because no crime was committed, but because the punishment is excessive. The fact that the guy is “considered” an agent should have no bearing on the case if AJ didn’t know he would be “considered” as such and if he’s NOT ACTUALLY AN AGENT.

Long and short of it: Green sold his jersey for $1000. Pay it back. 2-game suspension. DONE.

Get back to playing ball.

ct

September 9th, 2010
10:57 pm

im a gator alum and agree that this suspension is a total joke! this could ruin Georgia’s season as Green requires a double team most of the time, it just kills the GA offense. Any sensible fan with any objectivity has to agree that this decision must be rescinded, you cant give him more than the guy at Bama got for taking more money.

The Crying Game

September 9th, 2010
11:01 pm

Im a gator fan, no Im a Vols fan, no IM an Auburn fan, really I am just a bulldog fan and don’t care how UGA wins just as long as they win and I can send my kids to UGA and teach them the morals of being a UGA fan !!!!!!

RabidDawgFan

September 9th, 2010
11:04 pm

This story is way overblown and I’m sick of hearing about it. We now know that Green (pending the appeal) will have to sit out the next 3 games. No big deal. If we lose it won’t be because we didn’t have Green. Damn get over it. Outsiders seem to think that the world has come to an end and Georgia will never score another point without Green in the lineup. WE ARE 4-1 without him in the lineup and would have been 5-0 if Ealey and Cox don’t have a miscommunication against Kentucky last season. Don’t sweat it. I don’t see people criticizing Alabama and saying they’ll lose to Penn State because of no Mark Ingram or Marcell Dareus, I don’t see people forgetting about South Carolina because of no Jarriel King (starting LT), Chris Culliver (starting S), Wesley Saunders (starting TE), etc. Oh no those teams will be fine, but not Georgia…oh no not Georgia because we’re missing ONE key player.

bad apple dawg

September 9th, 2010
11:04 pm

AJ was selfish and he didnt make a mistake. HE KNEW the rules people and chose to make a boneheaded decision. Glad the NCAA sent a strong message so the rest of these rogues maybe think twice of their primma donna antics.

The Crying Game

September 9th, 2010
11:04 pm

AJ should be KICKED OFF THE TEAM, but thats not the UGA way. It is time the coach started punishing the players instead of the FANS !!!!!!

fayncdawg

September 9th, 2010
11:06 pm

A NEW YEARS DAY BOWL JERSEY ISN’T WORTH $1000.00. AND THIS TOILET BOWL JERSEY? NO MORE THAN $50.00! Truly a story about a pimp and a dumba$$!

RabidDawgFan

September 9th, 2010
11:07 pm

Not to mention, a DEPLETED ACC team (North Carolina) were a dropped pass away from beating aan “almight SEC team) (LSU) WITHOUT 13 of their key players. That’s right, 13! Marvin Austin, Robert Quinn, etc. All of them are All-ACC defenders. North Carolina had to go without 13 of their guys and still came – that close to beating a “SO MUCH BETTER” LSU squad. Oh but Georgia will lose the next 3 games because Green isn’t in the lineup. Such BS. GO DAWGS!

layinlow

September 9th, 2010
11:07 pm

I’m a die hard UGA fan but lets please stop the poor AJ got taken advantage of crap. This guy AJ was dealing with is a runner for GD sports agent and not some memorabilia collector. This jersey is not even close to being worth a $1000 bucks and never will be. AJ was dealing indirectly with an agent thru this runner and the $1000 was the agents way of funneling money to AJ thru the guise of a memorabilia collector. WTF would a collector overpay for a jersey? The buy low and sell high. The only reason AJ did not get the Dez Bryant treatment is NCAA didn’t have enough evidence to prove what they knew was really going on. That is why he got a 4 game suspension instead of a one or two game. AJ is dirty folks, he knew an agent was funneling money his way.

j rev

September 9th, 2010
11:08 pm

Congress needs to enforce the NCAA’s tax exempt status or revoke it. There is no reason that they should be able to hold this power if they are not going to act in the best interests of the student athletes.

Why does anyone believe this garbage?

September 9th, 2010
11:10 pm

If anyone believes that the 1000.00 dollars is only money AJ Green has ever accepted from an advance agent…we have a ton of property off the coast of Brunswick that is ready for development after the water is drained.

AJ Green and every other POSSIBLE first round pick(junior or senior) has been approached by agents,agents reprensentatives, runners, or through a family member, fraternity brother and have been given gratutities. The number( totally guessing) is around 80% who accepted illegal forms of money, or gifts and if anyone who has ever been around a major college program will validate the facts that this takes place.

The problem UGA will now encounter is the fact Pandora’s box is open and the NCAA will be living on and around the campus. The issues with arrest and suspensions also casts a long shadow and as many of you know..when the NCAA investigators start it is hard for them to leave town, without someone’s head on the chopping block.

If anyone thinks AJ or any other player mentioned in this years investigations at UGA, ALA, UF, UNC, USC or AU is not guilty of taking some illegal forms(as determined by the NCAA) of gifts, monies or extra benefits…please let me know about making a down payment on that property just off Glynn County.

dawgster

September 9th, 2010
11:11 pm

Shawn…people don’t want to admit that some of the same issues that the dawgs have had are happening at the other schools also..I wa all over that article that the Gainesville Sun” paper that covers the gators kind of swept under the rug…I don’t know if they had any in house punishment or not but there were no suspensions. but yet Coach Richt does suspend his players, yes we can argue the amount of suspensions and if they were enough, but he is bashed for his discipline measures but yet Meyer or others can have it swept under the rug…

Why does anyone believe this garbage?

September 9th, 2010
11:15 pm

If you play defense and have any eligiblity left please contact Chicklit at Auburn….that defensive bunch is awful….Miss St. gave away that game with dropped passes and fumbles…

boots

September 9th, 2010
11:15 pm

If you want, call the NCAA tomorrow and ask to speak to a live person. They will try to send you to a voice mail for “feedback,” but you can hit 1 and spell out a random name to speak to someone. Their number is 317-917-6222.