Former player arrested in NC sports agent probe

Former player arrested in NC sports agent probe (Image 1)

A former college football player has been arrested and charged with acting as an agent and violating North Carolina’s law that bars illegally luring collegiate athletes into contracts. Chris Hawkins faces a court appearance Tuesday afternoon in Orange County.

According to arrest warrants made public Tuesday, Hawkins faces two charges of trying to induce former Tar Heels defensive end Robert Quinn to sign a contract with him in 2010 — by giving Quinn $13,700 in cash, and by helping him sell game-used equipment for another $1,700. Quinn now plays for the St. Louis Rams.

Hawkins, 32, also is charged with intentionally initiating contact with former UNC and current Minnesota Vikings defensive back Jabari Price in 2013 via Instagram without being a registered agent, and of intentionally failing to register as an athlete agent.

Hawkins, arrested Monday, is being held Tuesday in the Orange County Jail on $500,000 bond. It was not immediately known if the former defensive back at North Carolina and Marshall has an attorney.

North Carolina is one of 43 states with a sports agent law. Hawkins is the sixth person to be arrested in the North Carolina Secretary of State’s long-running probe connected to improper benefits for Tar Heels football players. That probe began in summer 2010 amid an NCAA investigation into the program.

Search warrants in the case allege that Hawkins reached out to UNC players on his Instagram account. The documents say Hawkins gave Robert Quinn $13,700 in an effort to get him to sign with an associate of Hawkins. Quinn later signed with a different agent.

Five people were indicted in September 2013, including Georgia-based agent Terry Watson, though prosecutor Jim Woodall later dropped the charge against a former UNC tutor charged in the case.

The NCAA suspended current Cincinnati Bengals receiver A.J. Green five years ago when he was at Georgia for selling his Independence Bowl jersey for $1,000 to Hawkins, saying at the time that it regarded Hawkins as an agent.

Dick Baddour, North Carolina’s athletic director at the time, said then that Hawkins, who had been seen around the team’s facility periodically at the time, was no longer welcome around the program.

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