When Arizona Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins was suspended for six games by the NFL for violating the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy, Broadest responded that he was shocked by the positive test results and vowed to fight the ban.
Speaking to reporters at a charity softball match on Wednesday for the first time since the suspension, Hopkins reaffirmed his position.
“We’re still doing some research right now,” he said via Cameron Cox of KPNX. “Hopefully, before the start of the season, maybe we can reduce the number of games a little. But no, it wasn’t on me. I am straight. it was, it was called Ostarin, and it was found to have 0.1% in my body. If you know what it is, it’s a contamination, not something directly ingested.
“I don’t take any supplements, I’ve never taken any supplements, I hardly take any vitamins. So for something like this to happen to me, obviously I was in shock. But my team and I, we’re still trying to figure out what’s going on.”
At this stage, a reduction is unlikely, as the suspension is usually announced after the appeal process is completed. And league rules make it clear that players are responsible for what goes on in their bodies, no matter how it happened.
Hopkins has missed seven games in 2021 with an injury and has said he is on the mend.
“I was fine. Recovered. Was treated. Unfortunately, I missed six games.
One of the best wide receivers in the NFL, the 30-year-old is a vital cog in the Cardinals’ operations. Kyler Murray has averaged 2.6 passing yards per try with Hopkins on the field than without him in 2021, including the playoffs, according to Next Gen Stats. Murray had a 133.6 passer rating on Hopkins (2nd in the NFL, at least 50 goals).
“I’m an athlete, so any time I’m not on the field upsets me,” he said. “But this is the NFL. next player. I have no doubt these guys will win those six games until I’m ready.”