DeAndre Hopkins is “completely shocked” by positive PED test

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Once again, the NFL’s PED testing policy has failed to actually catch a deliberate cheater.

The “brand manager” of Cardinals receiver DeAndre Hopkins has issued the perfunctory brand-managing statement indicating that, like pretty much every other player who is suspended for a PED violation, Hopkins didn’t deliberately take a PED.

“DeAndre and everyone who works with his is completely shocked by this finding because he is extremely diligent about what he puts in his body,” Doug Sanders said in a test message copied, pasted, and tweeted by ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The text from Sanders insist that Hopkins “is committed to demonstrating that he did not knowingly take a banned substance,” and that they are “currently testing every product he used to figure out how this could have happened.”

The “spiked supplement” defense is hardly uncommon. But the NFL and NFL Players Association have an approved list of supplements, with the goal of avoiding such mishaps. Players who want to refrain for possibility using spiked supplements can take supplements from the approved list.

Any player who ever tests positive for a PED can claim he took it accidentally. It’s one of the hidden benefits of the strict-liability rule for the presence of PEDs in a test result. It doesn’t matter if you took it accidentally, so a player can always say that he did.

With very rare exceptions, they almost always do.

This doesn’t mean that any one of them is lying. If they’re all telling the truth, well, that means there are plenty of guys who are deliberately taking PEDs and never getting caught.

40 responses to “DeAndre Hopkins is “completely shocked” by positive PED test

  1. I actually believe athletes when they say this, simply because it’s so ridiculously easy to beat PED tests that accidental ingestion is the only rational explanation. Realistically, an athlete can be on, say, Turinabol year-round and never get caught. It’s almost impossible to detect. It’s a favorite among Olympic athletes as well. The very few people in the NFL who legitimately aren’t using anything are the exceptions, not the rule.

  2. I assume he actually means he is “completely shocked” that he got caught…

  3. I am shocked. They told me I would not be caught and I believed them. My team has multiple abusers. Can’t believe they thought they would get away with it. Or, its rampant and only a few get caught.

  4. They’re always “shocked.” I’d be shocked if they weren’t shocked.

  5. Just let them take whatever they want, will make the games way more exciting. Remember when baseball did it? Only time it was watchable.

  6. I think every player with a positive drug test result, when unexpectedly caught, is always completely shocked.

  7. DH:I’m shocked, shocked to find that PED’s showed up in my urine!

    Cards: Your new contract, sir

    DH: Thank you very much

  8. Has any athlete ever just admitted to cheating when caught using PEDs? They always seem shocked…

  9. Just like the French Captain was shocked to discover there was gambling in Rick’s Cafe.

  10. How can he still be shocked this happened in Nov and he is saying they plan to get to the bottom of it. Probably havent come up with the perfect excuse yet to reduce his penalty because its been 5 months now.

  11. So what happens if a supplement from the “approved” list in fact contains banned substances (presumably not on the label)?

  12. How dumb do they think we are? These guys make hundreds of millions of dollars and don’t know EXACTLY what they are putting in their body?

    What this really means is that he probably has a trainer that he pays a million dollars to who thought he found a substance he could take that would be undetectable. Didn’t work

  13. Completely shocked he got caught. I wonder what sort of excuse we’ll hear this time. Maybe the dog slipped it into his orange juice. One thing is certain … all of them are innocent.

  14. Very, very interesting on the Cards giving a Number 1 draft pick for Hollywood Brown, only days before this, is it not? A number 1! Hmmmmmm

  15. Seems to happen a lot more while a player is coming back from an injury. Purely nonincidental, I’m sure.

  16. Is this a case of, “I didn’t know what they were giving me.” Or, “I didn’t make that moronic post on social media, my phone was hacked.” Yeah.

  17. when everyone caught taking PEDs says ‘i didnt knowingly take a PED”
    they are indeed lying

  18. A lot of supplements are prone to cross contamination between batches. The only thing that they make sure really isn’t present are allergens or toxic components. Even then they still may have a may contains or produced in a facility that produces statement. Unfortunately those statements do not encompass any of these banned substances. Most of these companies aren’t direct manufacturers but utilize 3rd party manufacturers who make their products meaning you don’t know what else is made in that facility or if they are use best practices to ensure no adulteration or contaminants.

  19. There are likely few NFL players that have never taken a PED in their lives. It’s just a part of the game. It’s illegal to take most PEDs without a prescription. If they ever want to fix it they have to make the consequences of taking them worse than the benefit and that has to be off the field. If it’s just about suspensions or even a ban, players are always going to risk getting caught if they think it can make them millions of dollars. It’s a no brainer.

  20. Gotta watch when you drink that Orange Crush soda ..lots of bad stuff in it.

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