Javontae Hawkins is a 26 year old 196cm forward from Huntigton, West Virginia that will play his fourth professional season with the MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg. He played his third professional season with the HAKRO Merlins Crailsheim averaging15.9ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 52.6%, 3PT: 36.8%, FT: 79.4%. In 2018-2019 he played with Holargos B.C. (Greece-A1) playing 29 games averaging 11.7ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 53.4%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 77.5%. As a rookie he played with the Salon Vilpas Vikings (Finland-Korisliiga) playing 54 games averaging 14.3ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 54.9%, 3PT: 40.6%, FT: 79.9%. He played NCAA basketball at three schools with S Florida from 2012-2014 playing 54 NCAA games, then had his break out season with Eastern Kentucky (NCAA) playing 30 games averaging 17.0ppg, 4.8rpg, 2.1apg, FGP: 56.4%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 76.5% and finished at Fordham (NCAA) playing 31 games averaging 14.0ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.0spg, FGP: 46.5%, 3PT: 35.2%, FT: 84.3%. He gave an exclusive interview concerning his old team HAKRO Merlins Crailsheim
Javontae thanks for talking to germanhoops.com. You wrote a message and posted on Twitter blasting your ex team about not getting your last payments. The COVID-19 time has been tough enough for everyone, but how surprising was this act by the Crailsheim Merlins?
At this point, I wouldn’t call my response bashing my team. I am appreciative of many things about Crailsheim but at the same time I am disappointed.
You acted like a true professional the whole season having a great personal season and was one of the main contributors to the success before and after COIVID-19 hit. You played injured throughout the Munich tournament. Do you have this feeling of having been stabbed in the back by your own organization?
I think I felt like any player would that truly gave their best. All in all, we had a great year together. I just don’t think we should conclude it this way.
You described on many accounts how much focus and passion you had for success in my diaries plus playing injured. You not only described often that the team was everything for you, but displayed that passion on the court. How much worse do you feel this ordeal is than what you suffered in Greece?
In Greece, I went into a situation expecting it to be very difficult. I don’t think it should be normal for players to have to expect the worse in some instances in European basketball. There should be more to protect us, but to be honest, from the Merlins as I have said their last gesture was very disappointing.
What do you hope learning from this calamity with the Crailsheim Merlins?
As I have said, we all get disappointments in life. You got to learn how to deal with these things. It’s life. I come from one of the poorest areas in the United States. We didn’t grow up with much. I really can’t afford one penny taken from me for no or little reason.
You had stated that you had been paid on time the whole season but then missed the last 2 payments stating that the club had said there had been considerable damage to the car something that a club employee denounced saying that it wasn’t bad and all would be ok. GM Martin Romig has stated that this has not been an act of jealousy, but moreover are facts. They are happy that you will play with the MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg.The club announced a fair statement today including these words my Martin Romig. ‘Javontae Hawkins, we were fortunate enough to get to know you as a fantastic sportsman and impressive and inspirational person. Thank you for the awesome time we had both on the court and on the sidelines. Nothing will change about this perception in Crailsheim – we stand by it and you will always have a place on our ‘Field of Glory’. Neither your reaction in this case nor the actions of your agent will change anything about this’. Is there not a way that this issue can be resolved?
Well, I hope so that nothing will change about me or my agent’s perception with them. The facts are we have been nothing but professional with them.
Will you seek legal assistance and fight this issue? You seem to be a man that won’t allow something like this to conquer you?
After this interview, I am leaving it to my agents and lawyer to handle. I have to move on and get ready to help my next team. I’m excited about the future.
There has been a lot of support on Twitter concerning your tweet and situation. How thankful are you and how comforting has that support been for you?
I am thankful. I believe both players and clubs should support one another.
Sometimes something like this can really hit a player mentally. The new season preparation will begin soon. You have signed with the MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg. How confident are you that you will return back to Germany ready to do work for your new team in Ludwigsburg?
I am from Flint, Michigan. I am a Man of God, now Husband and basketball player. You can count on the fact that I am strong and will be ready.
What message do you hope your tweet will give players who might have been confronted with a money situation like this but didn’t step up and do anything about it?
We have to stand up. Everybody has to use their voice. It’s just that time right now in sports and in the world.
Thanks Javontae for the chat.