Ex-Tar Heel Chris Hawkins arrested in North Carolina sports agent probe

HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (AP) — A former college football player arrested and charged with acting as an agent and violating North Carolina’s law that bars illegally luring collegiate athletes into contracts made his initial court appearance Tuesday.

Chris Hawkins appeared via videoconference from the Orange County Jail before District Court Judge Beverly Scarlett.

Scarlett reduced his secured bond to $300,000. It had been set at $500,000 when he was arrested Monday.

According to arrest warrants, Hawkins, 32, faces two charges of trying to induce former Tar Heels defensive end Robert Quinn to sign a contract 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 also is charged with intentionally initiating contact with former UNC 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.

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