EAST LANSING, Mich. (WCIA) — Coleman Hawkins got a quick technical foul in the first half in an 88-80 loss at Michigan State on Saturday afternoon. The Illini senior was whistled just four minutes in after a made 3, after the game he wanted to make it clear, he didn’t feel like it should have been called.
Coleman Hawkins wanted to address his technical foul against Michigan State while talking with us. He explains what happened and why he doesn't want it to be his reputation:
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— Andy Olson (@WCIA3Andy) February 10, 2024
“Before I went to shoot it, a guy said, ‘You suck’ sitting right there courtside and I turned around and said ‘Boom’ which is a saying that we say when we hit 3s,” Hawkins said. “I didn’t say anything negative, I didn’t say it to a player, so I don’t want people to think it was anything negative that I said. I’m not a negative person, I’m a positive person. People keep trying to say it’s a reputation thing, I’m not a bad kid so I hate seeing I’m getting a reputation thing, that’s not who I am.”
This was the second time Hawkins has been whistled for a technical foul this season following one at Ohio State last month at Ohio State. Hawkins and the Illini return to the court Tuesday night hosting Michigan for a 6 p.m. start at State Farm Center.