Former UNC football player on trial for breaking sports agent laws

Orange County News

HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Former University of North Carolina football player Christopher Hawkins, 37, will go to trial this week in Orange County. He has been accused of breaking North Carolina sports agent laws.

Hawkins was originally indicted with five counts of athlete agent inducement, but one of those counts was dismissed in court on Tuesday.

According to warrants, Hawkins is accused of trying to induce former Tar Heels defensive end Robert Quinn to sign a contract back in 2010. The warrant said Hawkins gave Quinn $13,700 in cash and also helped him sell game-used equipment for another $1,700.

Hawkins is also accused of reaching out to UNC defensive back Jabari Price about a contract through Instagram without being registered as an athlete agent.

In court on Tuesday, state prosecutors and defense attorneys filed last-minute motions ahead of the trial.

State prosecutors said in court one of the biggest things they’ll need to prove with their evidence is that Hawkins was, in fact, acting as an agent.

“We really just want to go into the fact that he was a middleman, solicitor, recruiter, and held himself out as an athlete agent to the individual student-athletes involved in this particular case,” said Scott Harkey, a state prosecutor in the case.

If convicted, Hawkins faces a probationary sentence. However, if he violates that, he could face 6 to 17 months in prison for each count.

The trial comes just two weeks after Hawkins was arrested in Wake County. Authorities caught him with $160,000 worth of marijuana and THC edibles.

Hawkins has been charged with two counts of possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana, two counts of conspiracy to deliver marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Hawkins is set to appear in court on those charges in Wake County on March 3.

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