DeAndre Hopkins on PED suspension: Clearly I wasn’t careful enough

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Cardinals receiver DeAndre Hopkins won’t play the first six games of the regular season. Hopkins tested positive for performance enhancing drugs and reiterated his brand manager’s statement that he has no idea how it happened.

“In my 10-year career, I have never tested positive for using performance enhancing drugs,” Hopkins wrote on social media. “To learn that my November test came back with trace elements of a banned substance, I was confused and shocked.

“I am very mindful of what I put in my body and have always taken a holistic approach, so I am working with my team to investigate how this could’ve happened. But even as careful as I have been, clearly I wasn’t careful enough. For that, I apologize to Cardinals fans, my teammates, and the entire Cardinals organization. I never want to let my team down.

“I fully intend to get to the bottom of this. As soon as I have more information, I will share it.”

Few players admit that they knowingly used PEDs after being caught, so Hopkins’ statement is unsurprising. What will be surprising is if he follows up with more information. He tested positive in November, according to his statement, so he already has had five months to get to the bottom of it.

Hopkins missed only two games in his entire career going into last season. In 2021, he sat out three games with a hamstring injury and the last five games, including the postseason game, with a knee injury.

Now, he will miss at least six games in 2022.

39 responses to “DeAndre Hopkins on PED suspension: Clearly I wasn’t careful enough

  1. I do wonder about an athlete who has always felt invincible finally encountering injuries. They could easily choose the devil on one shoulder and think you need it to be you again. I don’t think it’s necessarily all that right or wrong from a morality point. But if it’s against the rules of the endeavor your in that’s baked in to your job. So perhaps it was just a mistake, perhaps not. Either way he’s out 6 games but will we really know what went down or didn’t? Probably not. But I think many can make a reasonable assumption. IMO

  2. Dhop is a great story and a phenomenal player. I’m going to side with believing that he didn’t know what he was taking, but still completely his fault.

    Yes, he could have taken some stuff to heal quicker on purpose. That’s a real possibility, but performance enhancing? IDK, that wouldn’t be the motive. Not sure that dude needs more performance. However, banned is banned, and it’s his job to know the difference. I doubt most of us on here get caught up in randomly swilling banned substances.

  3. A performance enhancing drug? Not sure why the NFL would want to impose a ban for sildenafil citrate. It has nothing to do with the NFL and they should keep their noses out of other peoples business.

  4. LOL, every time a player is caught taking PEDs, the same statements are issued as if they came from the same PR firm: they’re “shocked”, they would NEVER take roids, they promise to get to the bottom of it, the apology, blah blah. Only the homers believe these statements. Let’s not forget he was working out with a group of guys who were all caught juicing. He’s towards the end of his career and is desperate to keep going at a high level and recover faster

  5. He’s referring to the timing of his cycle, not “knowing what he’s taking.” Everyone knows the testing routine in the NFL and how to work around it. It’s how everyone smoked weed before it was legal. The only people ever caught are the ones with blatant disregard for the rules (I.e. Ricky Williams) and those that push the limits on timing. I’d wager Hopkins is the latter here. He’ll be sure to get it right in the future, I’m sure.

  6. It’s always way obvious when an agent or PR manager puts the statement out and not the players.
    These guys never use perfect grammar until a statement comes out. Then, BAM! Perfect.
    No, we dont fall for that.

  7. Well that sucks but I’d bet Hopkins appeals it and DHOPs 6 games suspension will get cut in half to 3 games maybe 4. That’s what always seems to happens in cases like this when guys get suspended.

    Had this happened last year it would of been a problem but w/ Arizona now having one of the most loaded offenses in the NFL be able to weather the storm while HOPs out. AZ has some serious weapons between DHOP, Hollywood Brown, Ronsale Moore is a beast ready to take off in a big way in YR2, AJ Green is still an excellent #2WR and will be better n 2022 now that he knows the offense. At TE AZ has one of the best TE corps in NFL between 6”5 Zac Ertz, 6”4 Trey McBride is a YAC monster and was the best collegiate TE in the US a premier pass catcher & 6”5 Maxx Williams is an above average receiver n elite run/pass blocker. AZ has a few good pass catching backs led by Pro Bowl dual threat RB James Connor.

    Heading into 2022 AZ is in a much better offensively to be able to weather the storm for a few weeks till Hopkins get back. And after 3 or so weeks once DHOP does come back the offense will be getting a massive adrenaline shot in the arm getting one of the top WRs in the NFL back on the active roster. Arizona is going to have one of the best offenses in the NFL. Teams are really going to struggle covering AZs TEs next year.

  8. “In my 10-year career, I have never tested positive for using performance enhancing drugs” is very different from saying he never took them. All he said was basically that he hadn’t been caught yet.

  9. If you think these guys don’t get the goods on how to be one step ahead of the drug tests you’re fooling yourself. the guys who get caught are the ones who get set up.

  10. Why don’t players write responses in their own words instead of outsourcing it to a public relations firm ?
    It would make it more believable.

  11. If this dates back to over 5 months ago,he should have already gotten to the bottom of it and had a real response. As soon as I have more info is all bluster. Good practice for a political future,though.

  12. He’s confused and shocked ! How about don’t put any PED’s in your body at all and you will never have to worry about a positive test

  13. If he is “mindful of what I put in my body.” Shouldn’t he already know? Much like when others will investigate it, & never address it again in public, we will never hear it again.

  14. If he tested + in November, when would he or the team have been notified?

  15. Cards are going to be a mess this year. Kyler isn’t happy, Kingsbury is under fire, and now D-Hop. Get your popcorn!

  16. “I am very mindful of what I put in my body….


    So many guys say this when they get caught. You’ve got an agent, the internet, and probably an army of medical professionals employed by the team….and yet you still somehow want us to believe you “unknowingly” took PEDs?

    Just own it, apologize, and move on. These “Shocked! Shocked I tell you!” statements are just sad.

  17. He says this is his first positive test, but a six game suspension makes me think there is more to this than just a single slip up.

  18. Six games doesn’t sound right for a first positive test. Is that standard now?

  19. Was Rodney Harrison the only player to “man up” and admit he took the PED’s? I’d have more respect for these players if they just told the truth.

  20. The Cards went 1-4 without Dropkins last year. Missing the 1st 6 games this year without Dropkins look for the Cards to go 1-5, 2-4 at best.

  21. Lying comes so easily to these guys. Be a man, admit you juiced and be done with it. Doesn’t change anything anyway.

  22. It’s kinda funny this comes out now after the draft and after the Cards make a trade for Brown which seemed at the time, a surprise just out of the blue. It’s almost like the Cardinals knew DeAndre would be missing some games this year.

  23. Don’t buy the excuse at all. He’s a veteran and those players do not like changing their routine. He obviously did something and now he has been caught.

  24. Sounds very similar to Lance…after 10 years of artificially enhancing my performance skill set giving me a clear advantage I can’t believe the NFL changed up a bit and I got caught.

    If the NFl actually cared which they don’t they would be more like the Olympics with 2 to 4 year bans for PEDs.

  25. The Olympics Committee is the gold standard in combating drug inhancement. Just do what they recommend and you’ll be ok. When in doubt, don’t take it. Ask them if it contains a banned substance, the drug or masking agent. Julian Edelman was suspended for using a substance that can act as a masking agent. This is their job and players should take it seriously.

  26. ““In my 10-year career, I have never tested positive for using performance enhancing drugs,””

    Hopkins indicted himself. In his own words, he didn’t deny taking PEDs. He said that he never got caught. An innocent person would say….”“In my 10-year career, I have never TOOK performance enhancing drugs,”

  27. A standard PED suspension is four games. It goes to six if there are aggravating factors like a masking agent or an attempt to tamper with the test. That combined with the report he negotiated the 6 game suspension and will not appeal it makes me extremely skeptical he accidentally got some extra ingredients in his protein powder. Just be a man and admit fault. Most people will forgive and move on.

  28. Well, if a brand manager denies it, and his player also denies it, then he must be innocent…said no one.

  29. Is no one realizing this guy in tight with Will Fuller who got a 6 game suspension 2 years ago for the same thing. Where there’s smoke there’s fire. He has been doing it, like most players, his arrogance finally got him popped.

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