Every morning, the fine folks at Sports Radio Interviews sift through the a.m. drive-time chatter to bring you the best interviews with coaches, players, and personalities across the sports landscape. Today: the guy who bought A.J. Green's jersey.
A.J. Green was suspended for four games after allegations surfaced that he sold a jersey that he wore in a bowl game to a memorabilia collector for $1,000. That collector, Chris Hawkins, has been painted by the NCAA as an agent for some reason. Hawkins joined WQXI in Atlanta to talk about whether he can explain who he is because the NCAA is claiming that he isn't who he says he is, whether he has ever gotten in contact with a player and put them in contact with an agent, whether he is going to be a part of UGA's NCAA appeals process, and more.
Whether he can explain who he is because the NCAA is claiming that he isn't who he says he is:
The NCAA thinks that I am an agent, which I am not. I am not an agent. I have never worked for an agent, never been paid by one. I am simply just a kid. Just like everybody else, I like AJ's game. I like how he plays the game. I like football, so I played the game myself and I just wanted his jersey. I talked to him about it and bought the jersey from him and didn't think that much of it until he started to get investigated over the Miami trip. I don't think he has even been to Miami but I guess once they investigated him on the Miami trip. See I have got a 305 number, as you could see now I have got a 305 number so I think they kind of thought that I had something to do with the whole Miami trip going on down there and they kind of went at him hard for that and I guess he let them know how he knew me and what he did. I think he was totally honest with them. I talked to him, totally honest, and I told him that I bought the jersey from him and all of that. To be honest, I think he probably should have talked to some people before he went about doing that. I think they kind of, I guess maybe told him that he could pay the money back. I don't think he was really expecting to get hit for 4 games.
Whether he has ever gotten in contact with a player and put them in contact with an agent:
No, I have never done that. The whole AJ Green thing was totally different. I collect, I have got a lot of jerseys in the basement. I put them on the walls. If I like players and I like someone I will get their stuff and I'll get in and put my stuff and just hang it on the wall. The AJ Green thing was more bragging. I think he is going to be a great player. I think he is going to be a great player at the next level.
Whether he is going to be a part of UGA's NCAA appeals process:
No, I don't know if I am a part of it. Nobody has contacted me. I would do anything that I could do to try to help out…
How often he has spoken to A.J. Green and when the last time he spoke with him was:
We really never contacted each other like that. I might have talked to him maybe about 4 times, you know? and I never talked to him about…
Whether he was talking to A.J. Green about his game and that he is a fan:
That was it. Basically I know a couple of people that he knows. I know a couple of girls he knows and the only thing that I have ever talked to him about was, after I got the jersey, I didn't talk to him about anything about football.
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