Bernard Hopkins Keeps Bashing McNabb

Boxer Bernard Hopkins has had a problem with Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb for a while.
And Hopkins hasn’t been afraid to articulate his views.
Most recently, Hopkins addressed his disdain for McNabb with Howard Eskin of WIP radio in Philly.
Hopkins (via Sheil Kapadia of philly.com) called McNabb a “lapdog” and a “frontrunner.”  Speaking of dogs (I couldn’t resist), Hopkins also said that the Eagles should have dumped McNabb and signed Mike Vick.
Eskin suggested that ongoing criticism flows from the fact that McNabb didn’t kiss Bernard’s butt when Hopkins visited practice.
Hopkins denied it, but when he offered up an explanation it sure sounded like there might be merit to Eskin’s theory.
“When I did go to the NovaCare Center with my team, was he like everybody else?” Hopkins said.  “Like the rest of the players?  Was he giving us respect, giving everybody respect, my trainer, myself and all that, just coming over, sign this, sign that or whatever?  No, he sort of ran into a little room and locked the door and came out every now and then to peak his head out to see if we left yet.  But that just tells you he’s not a social guy.
“When a guy is uncomfortable that the light is not actually on him, then you have some people that can’t take it.  And look, the bottom line is if you want the light to be on you, you gotta do what champions do.  You win, you win, you win, you win and you win the big one.”
But the same thing can be said about many other quarterbacks, including those who have won Super Bowls.  Indeed, it’s their ego that has driven many of them to do whatever they had to do to play football at its highest level.
Bottom line?  Hopkins doesn’t like McNabb.  And Hopkins isn’t afraid to say so.  Repeatedly.

75 responses to “Bernard Hopkins Keeps Bashing McNabb

  1. That is what happens when your career involves getting punched in the head.
    Even though Hopkins has done a lot more punching than taking punches.
    “But the same thing can be said about many other quarterbacks, including those who have won Super Bowls. Indeed, it’s their ego that has driven many of them to do whatever they had to do to play football at its highest level.”
    Agree 100% with this

  2. The most fascinating thing about this post is that people still listen and grant interviews to Eskin. Mike Miss is making Eskin ‘Mr. Irrelevant’ in the philly sports talk world. Sorry Howard, the world and this town passed you by…

  3. Im not exactly McNabbs biggest fan, but who the hell does Hopkins think he is that he can show up at a practice and expect that everyone should come running over to pay him respect. Maybe McNabb doesnt like boxing, or maybe he just didnt want to be bothered with a guy who has a tremendous ego. Hopkins is a Hall of Fame boxer, but to expect everyone to come kiss his ass when he stops by a practice is a little too much.

  4. why the constant back-and-forth battle of “he didn’t show proper respect” between athletes?

  5. I’m glad McNabb didn’t kiss his rear end, Hopkins is just another falling star doing what he is accusing Donovan of, which is being not too happy that the spotlight is not on him and that it is on someone else, it is all in his own words
    I think hopkins is just another washed up douche bag.

  6. Sorry Brnard, your “team” came to Mcnabbs TEAM or turf. Why should they be kissing up to you? You are a has been. You should have been kissing McNabbs a$$ for him allowing you and your “team” on his TEAMs field.

  7. Replace with Vick….c’mon, Bernard, the brain trauma has obviously gotten to you. Even the most fervent Mcnabb critic would laugh at that idea.

  8. Thats absolutely true, McNabb needs other people to praise him and his ego is extremely fragile. I read the “book” that TO wrote and he talks about the same issue. Ive always been a fan of Donovan but to be honest I cant wait for us to move on. He has certainly done a great deal of good for the birds and won many games, but he never comes up with a play in the clutch, never serious enough or even upset when we lose, and also shows up out of shape (many players commented on him running out of gas in the SB and needing an IV). Nothing but respect for the guy but I cant wait to see what we can do with someone who actually gives his 100%.

  9. I don’t know squat about Bernard Hopkins, nor do I really care about him…but the guy sounds pretty douchy to me. Shows how much he knows that he’d rather have Vick on his team than McNabb. I’d much rather have my QB, you know, actually practicing at practice rather than hobnobbing with “celebrities” with an overinflated sense of self importance.
    Oh, and its hard not to overlook the irony of someone being called a lapdog on Howard Eskin’s show, since Eskin is the ultimate “lapdog” who has an all access pass to the Eagles, thanks to his constantly fellating Joe Banner and the rest of front office.

  10. Why is this even worth reporting? Since when does the opinion of an idiot boxer with a bruised ego matter?

  11. McNabb puts points on the board here and he’s not even playing offense.
    Now if he could only do that in the game of football, Philadelphia might get off his case.

  12. If Hopkins had bothered to do an ounce of research, he’d know that the reason McNabb ignored him is because McNabb and Felix Trinidad were roomates at Syracuse.

  13. A grown man is upset because McNabb wouldn’t give him an autograph. Seriously. I thought you had to stop asking for autographs when you turned 16.

  14. I have no idea who Bernard Hopkins is but if he thinks people should drop to their knees when he enters the room he’s an egomaniac. I don’t blame McNabb one bit for ignoring him!

  15. Hopkins is used to people kissing his ass and Donovan didn’t so Bernard is throwing a HISSY FIT ! he needs to deflate his EGO a bit
    He was a great fighter but He is the one not giving respect for what Donovan Does and has done. for this franchise. keep the headgear on Bernard, those hits are taking thier toll.

  16. I don’t really care about McNabb or the Eagles. B-Hop
    is clearly trying to ride the gravy-train of this offseason’s
    WWE-style trash talking and get his name out there. Lame

  17. Waaaa waaaa the mean ol’ quarterback didn’t hold my hand when I was walking through the stadium…. wwaaaaaaaaaa waaaaaa

  18. What is it with this whole “respect” crap? Just because someone doesn’t bow down to someone else doesn’t mean that they are showing “disrespect”.
    If McNabb had walked up to Hopkins and pissed on his shoes, THAT would have been disrespectful!
    Further, what has Hopkins ever done to earn (yes EARN) respect in the Eagles lockerroom?

  19. Who gives a sh*t Hopkins! Stop crying about your QB like T.O. and grow a pair. Like Gameday said, that’s McNabb’s turf, and he was at work pete’s sake. Maybe he doesn’t prefer to hang around arrogant SOB’s.

  20. I had the pleasure [use this term loosely] to meet Hopkins two days before the Pacman vs Hatton fight and he isn’t some great guy. We was basically really standoffish and everything overheard him say was about race. All the other fighters Mosley, Juan Diaz, Oscar, Marquez, Barrera and others that I meet that weekend were great. Shook my hand and talked boxing. Hopkins wouldn’t basically go out of his way to ignore you.

  21. I find McNabb as a petulant complainer and arrogant. The guy is overrated. He performs like most above average quarterbacks. When everything is going well for his team he performs well, when they aren’t he stinks up the joint. He is 1-4 in NFC Championship games. This is the time when a great quarterback takes his team on his shoulders. McNabb does do this. Look at the best current quarterbacks in playoff games. McNabb is this generations Warren Moon.

  22. Don’t agree PoleVault. McNabb gave 110% in those close postseason games – hell, look what he did last year in the second half comeback against the Cards. The man has carried the entire offensive load (along with a healthy Westbrook) for years. No wonder he’s an athlete who needs an IV when it’s all said and done. The Eagles defense has emploded late in games, and McNabb had to raise his level of play even higher. The guy is still among the top 5 QB’s in the league, and you want to move on?? To what?!

  23. Bernard Hopkins is a punk. Can’t he see all the McNabb has done for this city. He’s turned the Eagles into winners. Donovan is so under-appreciated 😦

  24. polevault1543 says:
    “Thats absolutely true, McNabb needs other people to praise him and his ego is extremely fragile. I read the “book” that TO wrote and he talks about the same issue”
    -How exactly do you “know that is true”? Please do not base this on T.O.’s book. I cannot believe you actually read that book.
    “Ive always been a fan of Donovan but to be honest I cant wait for us to move on. He has certainly done a great deal of good for the birds and won many games, but he never comes up with a play in the clutch, never serious enough or even upset when we lose, and also shows up out of shape (many players commented on him running out of gas in the SB and needing an IV). Nothing but respect for the guy but I cant wait to see what we can do with someone who actually gives his 100%. ”
    – Is playing on a broken leg and throwing 4 tds enough to “prove” that he gives 100%? How about playing through a sports hernia?
    Maybe, just maybe, McNabb was winded and even threw up in the SB because his offensive line let him take too many hits. Maybe he had to throw the ball on almost every down because Westbrook was a no show and the defense was terrible. Remember when McNabb threw a TD for the lead after throwing up? And then the defense lost it again.
    You cannot make a statement like: “Nothing but respect for the guy but I cant wait to see what we can do with someone who actually gives his 100%. ”
    It is contradictory. Unless, of course, you respect people who do not give 100%. If you really believe he does not give 100% then you should be calling for him to be cut and should have been for a while.
    McNabb has given 100% and he has played on a team with no running game and an OK defense. He has always had to be the whole show – not just the main show. Kinda like LeBron. Look at Eli, he won when they got a good WR but more importantly a great defense. McNabb has never had that luxury. Every clutch play and copmeback he makes gets nullified by an overrated defense. It pains me to say that because I love defense but since Andy has been here – there has never been a great defense that controls and wins games on a consistent basis like there has been in: New York, Baltimore, new England, and Pittsburgh.
    I am not saying that McNabb is perfect or infalable but I am saying that to put all of the blame on him.

  25. Although I love B-Hop in the ring, he’ll never be mistaken for a Rhodes scholar outside of it . Even though he can sometimes be fairly pointed and on the mark, his comments on McNabb are little more than his own grand-standing as many others have mentioned (should be no surprise coming from a boxer). To all those posting about who is Bernard Hopkins?….WOW! He IS well past his prime and hanging on because of the poor level of talent at his weight class but he is one of the best that has done it.

  26. Howard is correct in this case. Hopkins is an idiot. What gives him the knowledge to talk about football? His sport is not a team game so the whole “athelete in a locker room” argument does not work either.

  27. Honestly saying this proves I’m a little oblivious towards boxing… but I had to google Bernard Hopkins to even figure out who the hell this guy was. This guy is 44 he’s on the downside of his career and the fact that people aren’t tripping over themselves to come get him to scribble on their stuff is something he obviously can’t handle. It’s ok though, with all the concussions through his career as a boxer I’m sure he’ll have alzheimers in a couple years anyhow and won’t be able to remember his own name let alone who “snubbed” him during an autograph session.
    On a side note Howard Eskin’s show SUCKS! I was bored at work one day and tried listening to it and after a solid 2 minutes I couldn’t take it anymore. I swear that Eskin’s show is more of a soap opera type format than sports show.

  28. Sounds like hopkins should have worn a helmet.
    Maybe he should go to a bar where they spray champagne…

  29. stevemcguigan says:
    June 25th, 2009 at 11:01 am
    If Hopkins had bothered to do an ounce of research, he’d know that the reason McNabb ignored him is because McNabb and Felix Trinidad were roomates at Syracuse.
    ==========================
    Replace Hopkins with Florio and this article might have had some meat to it.

  30. Ok, Hopkins had skills, but I agree with the one post, you came to the Novacare complex…
    Bernard, you are the one with the complex… You show up somewhere like they are hosting an event for you… By the way…Football is way more popular than boxing… MMA is more popular than boxing…me playing washers in my back yard being aired on PBS at 4am is more popular… You were a big shark in a small sea… McNabb is a big shark in a big sea with other big sharks…
    You have no sense of senility or reality… just go crawl into a hole you bum…

  31. I C light pounder says:
    June 25th, 2009 at 11:30 am
    (the Egirls + the flyers)/ The city of Philly = the biggest joke on the planet
    ****
    No, that would be the Pirates who have the worst attendence in the league. Maybe they can get a former player to come bail them out from being sent out of Pittsburgh like the Penguins were by Mario. Who could they get? Bonds? Bonilla? Clemente?
    Congrats on your SB and Cup. Truly a great accomplishment for a city. You are a great representation of class for the city. (Judging by your comments, you need me to tell you that was sarcastic and sarcastic means an ironic taunt)

  32. “When a guy is uncomfortable that the light is not actually on him, then you have some people that can’t take it.”

  33. As crazy as this sounds, I think the Eagles should seriously look at signing Mike Vick, and try to light some sort of fire under Donovan.

  34. its funny how everyone on hear is saying bad things about bernard, but if he was around you’ll be kissing his ***. so stop all the yep yap. they do not like each other. so what next article

  35. @stlouisslizz
    McNabb turning the Egirls into winners?!?!?! ha ha ha are you kidding me??? First of all the Egirls will never be winners, and if by some lucky chance of god they do turn into winners McNabb is not going to be the guy that make them winners….maybe whiners
    give it up philly, your sports teams have sucked for this long, just accept the fact that you are going to continue to suck for a long time to come.
    until the city changes the mentality that hits and fights win hockey games and being asshole bandwagon football fans. you are not going to win….nuff said
    take out a note book next time you see the a team from the city of champs (minus the pirates) play and learn from the best!

  36. it’s going to be funny when Philadelphia gets it’s wish to move on from McNabb and realizes how good they’ve had it. Be careful of what you wish for.
    Ask Miami about how that works out when you try to replace a franchise QB. It’s been almost a decade, and despite last year’s success, I think they’re still looking, all while spending 2nd round draft picks for 5 straight years trying to find that guy.

  37. All because McNabb didn’t want to hang out with Bernard and his entourage of thugs then his replacement for him is Vick? I guess Bernie wasn’t at the NFC title game when D Mac lead the birds to the super bowl over Vick without TO.
    Sounds like Hopkins should have kept his gloves up more in those fights… It’s not like he was real bright before the punches landed on that 5 foot 6 inch frame.

  38. Hopkins has actually won something and did it his way. It appears his brain works better than most of the posters here.
    McNabb is just a choking dog like Cunningham and Moon.

  39. Okay, are we even having this conversation if Brock Lesnar came to visit Peyton Manning ?
    Are we ?

  40. Hopkins was never half the fighter that McNabb is a QB; he sounds like a punch drunk ididot most of the time; which is probably why DMac didn’t want to associate with him when Hpkins and his people visited the Nova care complex. Notice McNabb doesn’t respond in kind; that’s because he has too much class and because most people don’t even know who Hopkins is, as has been posted on this board several times.

  41. Hopkins thinks he deserves respect from one of the top NFL QBs? He’s a freaking boxer. A boxer. He can’t carry 5’s jock.

  42. Why do people keep bashing McNabb?
    Regardless of Brian Westbrook and a good offensive line (which admittedly is a huge leg-up), McNabb is that team. Few QBs (definitely ones you can’t land that easily…Mannings, Rivers, Brady, Brees, etc.) would have done better with that team.
    Yes, McNabb suffers with bouts with inconsistency, but the dude took his team to a bunch of NFC Championships with James Thrash and Todd Pinkston as his #1 & #2 receivers.
    There’s a reason why Bernard Hopkins is a boxer. He chose not to use his brain early on, and after getting knocked in the head for some time, he has no use of his brain whether he’d like to or not. He should stick to boxing.
    After McNabb gets run out of Philly (or if Philly fans are lucky, he finishes his career in Philly), those shoes are going to be tough to fill.

  43. For those of you asking who Hopkins is, he was middleweight champion for TEN YEARS and successfully defended his title 20 times. Hardly a nobody – and deserving of more than a little respect. That said, ( and since no one here was at practise that day, it’s impossible to tell which side to take), Hopkins does come off as a bit of a baby.

  44. Zod:
    I notice that amid dozens of famous choking quarterbacks (Jim Kelly?) you chose the two highest profile and most successful black quarterbacks prior to McNabb to call dogs.
    You’re a mouth-breathing hick racist. Try and deny it.

  45. IC Fudge Pounder,
    Band wagon fans? Just remember that if Lemiuex hadn’t pulled out his wallet a few years back, your candy ass team would be skaitng the cup around in Salt Lake City or some other town with real sports fans. Thank you for your attention, you can go back to watching Oprah now.

  46. ICBUTTPOUNDED says:
    take out a note book next time you see the a team from the city of champs (minus the pirates) play and learn from the best!
    Wow Buttpounded, you can just take the Pirates right out of the equation huh?, city of champs? I see your still living in mommies basement and getting high and delusional!
    BTW Buttpounded, is this the alias your going to use this week, if I remember correctly, last summer you came on here using 3 or 4 different names. Your so pathetic! It must suck having no life, living in your mommies basement, just hoping your Daddy doesn’t come down there drunk again to “teach you a lesson”……Go jump off a bridge Buttpounded, it shouldn’t be a problem considering your crappy city has 200 of them!

  47. zod says:
    June 25th, 2009 at 12:54 pm
    Hopkins has actually won something and did it his way. It appears his brain works better than most of the posters here.
    McNabb is just a choking dog like Cunningham and Moon.
    ****
    Zod, what do all of those QBs have in common?
    A: They were good qbs who never won a SB.
    B. They are QBs who play in rediculous offenses.
    C. They are Black.
    Would Elway have been included in this list if not for his last two years?
    Why isn’t Jim Kelly on this list?

  48. Bernard Hopkins is a Philly legend long before McNabb mo-rons. I guess everyone here is under the age if 18-21 if you dont know who B-Hop is…go learn you something

  49. IC Light Pounder:
    Come to the Linc and try this trash talk. If I don’t kick your teeth into your pansy little mouth, some other Philly fan will. Don’t act so proud of your backwater steel-mill hellhole, Pittsburgh has always and will always wish it was Philadelphia rather than some suburb of Ohio.

  50. Bernard Hopkins needs to shut the “F” up.
    Great boxer-get over McNabb-Hopkins sounds like a jealous girl!
    FLY EAGLES FLY
    SEE YOU IN MIAMI, FL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  51. Plain and simple,Hopkins is a douchebag piece of shit.He’s nothing but a loudmouth bitch!Him and his crying about “dissin me”! What the hell has he done that he should be respected???!!! I hope he comes back to fight again and dies in the ring.I hate the asshole.Die you filthy animal DIE!!

  52. b-hop is just an uneducated street guy who liked to fight. fortunately for him, he was good at it. He was also undoubtedly tough as nails. Unfortunately, b-hop still thinks in the same street terms he always has. So, if McNabb didn’t give him his props, then b-hop was going to take offense. Two things are for sure, b-hop never read a book in his life, and if he did, it would be at the reading level of “little t learns to share”. b-hop is about as capable of running the eagles as i am of flying the space shuttle.
    the best line of the comments however was the observation that anyone going on the “Caddy to anyone famous (Charles, Schmitty, Andy, Joe B.)” show to call someone a “lapdog” is beyond ironic. but the caddy can be counted on to never ask a tough question when those he caddies for are on the show, so an idiot like b-hop could make those stupid comments unchallenged.
    makes me wonder about the kind of folks you hang with these days florio….

  53. im suprised vox hasnt come on to call them the eagirls (cause thats so clever)
    mcnabb is a really underappreciated QB. not quite in brady/manning territory, but deffinetely in that next tier of very good QBs. he carried the eagles offense for years, dragging the likes of james thrash and todd (im a pussy) pinkston to the NFC championship game year after year. the eagles have been a contender most of his career. he probably wouldve won a ring in 04 had he not run into the best team from the patriots dynasty. a lot of eagles fans who ride his ass will never realize what they had until he’s gone and the birds endure 10 years of mediocrity trying to find a replacement.
    I C: go back to pounding your light beers. dumbass

  54. Note to Florio: If you don’t have anything to post about people who MATTER, please, just don’t post anything at all. I don’t mind.
    Who is Hopkins and what is boxing?? LOL! It’s 2009, none of that matters.

  55. stevemcguigan says:
    June 25th, 2009 at 1:35 pm
    Zod:
    I notice that amid dozens of famous choking quarterbacks (Jim Kelly?) you chose the two highest profile and most successful black quarterbacks prior to McNabb to call dogs.
    You’re a mouth-breathing hick racist. Try and deny it.
    …………………………………
    Are you going to say something bad about my mother too? Did you forget Doug Williams, who when he got on the big stage, had a career game? Choking comes in all shapes and colors. If you want to call Jim Kelly a choker that’s fine but he didn’t blow the winning FG nor did he forget his helmet right before a Superbowl game. However McNabb did barf at crunch time in his one trip to the SB. Cunningham started short arming passes in the second half of the NFCC game against Atlanta and turned a W into a L.

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