DeAndre Hopkins tweets, deletes contemplation of retirement over COVID vaccine

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The NFL’s effort to get players to get vaccinated is having the desire effect. Sort of.

Incentives and disincentives (like the possibility of non-vaccinated players causing a forfeiture) have the broader goal of getting players to choose to get vaccinated. It’s causing some players to consider getting out of the game.

Cardinals receiver DeAndre Hopkins tweeted, then deleted, this message: “Never thought I would say this, but being put in a position to hurt my team because I don’t want to partake in the vaccine is making me question my future in the NFL.”

It costs Hopkins nothing to question it. If he ultimately retires, however, he’d owe the Cardinals $22 million in unearned signing bonus money. Maybe that’s why he deleted the tweet.

Regardless, it will be interesting to see whether any players actually quit the game over a reluctance to get vaccinated and the increasing pressure the NFL is placing on players to choose to get the shot(s). If they do, however, others will happily take their place. Even with increasing pressure to be vaccinated, the supply of willing NFL players will continue to far outweigh the demand.

50 responses to “DeAndre Hopkins tweets, deletes contemplation of retirement over COVID vaccine

  1. Retire then.. You act like the NFL won’t surivive without you.. They survived Calvin Johnson retiring early, they survived Barry Sanders retiring early..
    Also if your really worried about hurting your team whats gonna happen when you ultimately get covid and have to miss games because of that?

  2. I can understand an accountant or stay home mom not wanting to get vaccinated, but athletes, that is a mystery. Football players take all sorts of medicine, pain, or otherwise to stay in-game, but apparently, vaccination is where they draw the line.

  3. Cheer up, pudding. It stings for a second, then you move on with your life.

  4. In no way will the media shame Hopkins the way they did Beasley. Won’t happen. If they treat Hopkins the way they did Beasley, they will be called racists on Tweetie.

  5. So then it’s not REALLY about “team” is it? it’s always just been about “ME”, right?

  6. An engineered vaccine that inhibits the natural immune system to reduce immune reaction. I have to agree with DeAndre on this one. No thank you! But for those who do want it – go ahead,thats your choice.

  7. Good for him, his choice. Nobody should be able to force you to take the vaccine.

  8. Yeah, folks, he deleted THAT one, but has completely doubled down since on the vaccine being unsafe. Wonder of he will delete them all by tomorrow or just lock his tweets so that no one but people he follows can respond?

  9. I don’t think the NFL wants its star players retiring over this mandate. Josh Allen for example isn’t easily replaceable.

  10. Can you imagine giving up $22 million over the vaccine?? How can he even consider that?!? These anti-vaxxers really do live in an alternate reality. Wow

  11. “I don’t think the NFL wants its star players retiring over this mandate. Josh Allen for example isn’t easily replaceable.”

    Most NFL fans couldn’t pick Josh Allen out of a lineup, but sure.

  12. Olyhawkguy says:
    July 22, 2021 at 4:37 pm
    Ridiculous. What is up with these science-haters. Just so weird.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Agreed. I recently got a mask captioned “Science – Like Magic Only Real.”

  13. curtis20 says:
    July 22, 2021 at 4:49 pm
    Good for him, his choice. Nobody should be able to force you to take the vaccine.

    Nobody is forcing anyone to take the vaccine. You should try reading sometime.

  14. judas priest, how bout we start getting some numbers on how many people have got the vaccine and are totally fine.
    What is WRONG with these people? I suppose we never landed on the moon and the world is flat.
    Good grief people, WAKE UP!
    Ive had my shot for months and i dont stick to metal or glow in the dark. Just sad.

  15. He’s far more likely to have long term side effects from football than he is the Vaccine . And for everybody who is worried about the long term effects of a vaccine that was just created , I ask this question (for a friend of course ) . What are the long term effects of the COVID disease that we’ve known about for less than two years ?

  16. Not surprisingly the NFL is going to make it worse by taking this stand.

    There are to many variants to this and half of the current cases are vaccinated.

    Teams should go back and setup their in house protocols and the NFL should stay out of the way.

  17. His body, his choice, right? I mean,it’s a stupid and irresponsible choice but it is his to make.

  18. Do we know that COVID is completely eradicated from the body and doesn’t remain latent and ready to roar back years down the line like another virus we know about ?

  19. Deandre Hopkins can’t take that deleted tweet back. Now we know the truth! What an outrageously selfish thing to do. You are putting everyone on your team at risk!
    Michael Irvin believes you have no desire to win, Deandre! But, as this article states, you are replaceable!

  20. 50Stars says:
    July 22, 2021 at 4:47 pm
    An engineered vaccine that inhibits the natural immune system to reduce immune reaction. I have to agree with DeAndre on this one. No thank you! But for those who do want it – go ahead,thats your choice.

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    You clearly have no idea what you’re talking about. The vaccine doesn’t inhibit an immune reaction, it induces one.

    If he doesn’t want to hurt his team, he should get the vaccine and help his team pass 85%. Until that’s the case, he’s already hurting his team by not being able to participate in the same way as those who are vaccinated and over 85% are able to. He’s going to give up millions and millions of dollars to not get vaccinated? Retiring wouldn’t hurt his team?

    Just…. get…. vaccinated!

  21. chickensalad43 says:
    I don’t think the NFL wants its star players retiring over this mandate. Josh Allen for example isn’t easily replaceable.
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    P. Manning retired years ago. Drew Brees is retired, people dont know if Aaron Rodgers or Deshaun Watson is playing.

    The NFL still goes on without them.

  22. No Hopkins and Devonta Adams without Rogers so I’ll go Tyreek 1st we off the board in fantasy

  23. chickensalad43 says:
    July 22, 2021 at 4:53 pm
    I don’t think the NFL wants its star players retiring over this mandate. Josh Allen for example isn’t easily replaceable.

    Good point.

    Josh, Hop and all the other “stars” should just quit and start their other careers that pay them tens of $millions.

  24. Deep down he knows the cardinals are going no where and are a fourth place team within the division, he’s just trying to save face.

  25. Over 4 million people are dead. Over 1 million children have been orphaned. According to the New York Times, almost 25% of everyone who gets Covid gets new or long term health problems. In June, 99.2% of people who died from Covid in the US were unvaccinated. Virus bad. Vaccine good. Just get vaccinated already.

  26. The common American lecturing science to people, are the same ones denying that there was 7 original strains and the bad one burnt out in the 36% of people it was killing. Winter is coming, and the vaccine is having break throughs, it will happen and there will be death.

    I am not an anti-vaxer or a anti-science person. I however am a realist that the average puny brained citizen of the world is going to have to make some risk assessments and either move on, or not. Whether people are vaccinated or not.

    This vaccine is still under emergency use, because it is not approved yet, meaning there is not a full run on whether it will actually work. So are we protected more that we got the shot? most likely. are you going to still catch covid? most likely. are you going to die? from covid 99% no, but from SOMETHING, yes!

    So science or no science you should live your life to the max, and whatever other peoples risk assessments are, shouldn’t matter to you because its not your business if you have taken the proper steps in mitigating your risk!

  27. If more folks did their own research on the vaccine other than taking Fauci’s word, they would at least contemplate what they are injecting into their body. The creator of the Mrna vaccine has been silenced by media and that my friends should give everyone pause. Remember that science is an experimental study, not fact or absolute.

  28. judas priest, how bout we start getting some numbers on how many people have got the vaccine and are totally fine.
    ————————————————————————————

    Would Rob Halford and Glen Tipton have those stats? 🙂 Agree, though. It’s the unvaccinated people mainly that are keeping this virus around.

  29. How stupid do you have to be to risk getting covid and even passing in on to others. Just get the shot. You are not smarter than the science

  30. webster8723
    Health over wealth. You’ll find this out in two – three years if the scientists are correct. If not, good for you.

  31. Hopkins isn’t going anywhere. It would cost him way to much $$$$$. He is just lashing out angry over the vaccine mandate which I kind of agree with him on in a way. I mean I’m vaccinated myself but I think people should be able to decide what’s best for them. I could see why an elite athlete who depends on their health to make 10s of millions of dollars would be a little skeptical of an experimental vaccine and very careful of what they put into their bodies.

  32. ruffbufffire says:
    July 22, 2021 at 7:40 pm
    No Hopkins and Devonta Adams without Rogers so I’ll go Tyreek 1st we off the board in fantasy
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    In fantasy football especially if you’re playing long term keeper leagues/ franchise leagues one guy you should look into especially if you can get him cheap is rookie WR Rondale Moore who is a late 1st TD talent that slid to the mid 2nd round in this last draft.
    Moore is an absolute MONSTER on the field possessing elite world class 4.28 40 speed with an insane 6.68 3 cone drill and 43in vertical allowing him to play a lot bigger than his frame. Moore is an excellent route runner and with elite speed/athleticism/agility when he plants his foot to change directions he does it so fast it looks like he is gliding allowing him to get WIDE open against corners who have or will be drafted in RDs 1-2 of the draft. Moore is a nightmare to cover 1 on 1 and in AZ he is going to be up against teams 3rd and 4th best corners a lot of the time with all of the talent AZ has at WR.
    Moore reminds me of a lethal mix Tyreek Hill and Tyler Lockett as he has a lot of similarities in his game to those two.

  33. 174eva says:
    July 22, 2021 at 5:02 pm
    Not surprisingly the NFL is going to make it worse by taking this stand.

    There are to many variants to this and half of the current cases are vaccinated.

    Teams should go back and setup their in house protocols and the NFL should stay out of the way.

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    Why do people delight in spreading false COVID info?

    Half of new Covid cases are not from vaccinated people. 99.7% —are among people who have not been vaccinated. And almost all deaths are among the unvaccinated. 3 States account for 40% of outbreaks, those are the states that have the highest rates of unvaccinated people.

    Half of all new Covid cases are the Delta variant which is more contagious than the original.

    This isn’t politics. This is science. Look up the numbers. The problem is a certain segment of the population believes politicians over the science. If this amount of disinformation was around years ago we would still have people dying from Polio.

  34. If that baby Josh Allen want’s to retire fine go ahead College football QB’s have never
    been more pro ready .

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