DeAndre Hopkins still investigating failed test, hoping suspension will be reduced

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When Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins was suspended for violating the league’s performance-enhancing substance policy in May, he said he was “confused and shocked” by failing the test because he never knowingly took a banned substance.

Hopkins vowed to investigate the test result and that investigation remains in progress. Hopkins told Cameron Cox of KPNX that he believes something he took was contaminated by Ostarine and that he’s still hopeful that the six-game suspension can be reduced before the season starts.

“We’re still doing some research right now,” Hopkins said. “Hopefully, before the season starts, maybe we can get the games down a little bit. But no, it wasn’t on me. I’m a natural. I’m pretty much a naturopathic kind of person. What it was, it’s called Ostarine. There was 0.1 percent of it found in my system and, if you know what that is, it’s contamination and not something directly taken. I don’t take any supplements, I’ve never taken supplements, I barely take vitamins. For something like that to happen to me, I was shocked, but my [group], we’re still trying to find out what’s going on.”

NFL rules are pretty clear about players being responsible for what goes into their bodies and suspensions are generally announced after any appeals process has played out. On top of that, Hopkins’ failed test came during the 2021 season so he’s had a long time to present exculpatory evidence and the lack of change to the suspension suggests he’ll be serving the full six-game ban to kick off next season.

33 responses to “DeAndre Hopkins still investigating failed test, hoping suspension will be reduced

  1. Still searching for the real reason. Maybe he will continue to follow OJs path and write a book about not using PEDs, but the book can explain how he would have used them, you know, “if” he did.

  2. Confused and shocked he got caught is more like it. Appeal and then take your lumps guy.

  3. Perhaps while doing his “research,” he could figure out how to lie a little better.

  4. He’s investigating his own test? (No pun intended.) Just admit you or your guru mixed up your half-lives or forgot there was a test at that time and move on, man. You don’t have to put on the act.

  5. Oh look another immaculate ingestion of a performance enhancing substance.

  6. I’m not saying he did or didn’t do it—none of us has any clue–but I’d be willing to bet that there have been some suspensions that really were due to contamination. The supplement industry is loosely (barely) regulated, and often sketchy.

  7. Nice Try DeAndre, it doesn’t come off as “contamination”:

    “Ostarine is a type of drug called a selective androgen receptor modulator (SARM). It’s not approved by the FDA, but is sometimes found in supplements. Ostarine attaches to proteins in the body known as androgen receptors. When ostarine binds to these receptors, it tells muscles to grow.

    People use ostarine for athletic performance, involuntary weight loss due to illness, breast cancer, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.

    Ostarine is an investigational drug and therefore not approved for any use by the US FDA. Despite this, it is still sometimes found in dietary supplements, particularly those marketed for bodybuilding….”

  8. With the proliferation of gambling in sports is not out of the question someone “doses” a guy. Not saying it happened here, but in the future it could be a thing.

  9. There is no contamination, basically just lies because he finally got caught and can’t figure out what happened so now he is trying to figure out how he/his “doctor”/dealer messed up the well known test schedule and finally got caught. All his stats should now be asterisked as possible PED enhanced and should become ineligible for the Hall of Fame since there is now way to prove how long he has been cheating, this should be the case for all PED suspensions.

  10. I’ll withhold my judgement until he comes up with evidence of contamination before deadline. But no evidence, he’s doping.

  11. bradygirl12 says:
    June 23, 2022 at 11:24 am
    When you’re in a hole, stop digging. Just own it already


    Rob ninkovich did the same thing

  12. I believe him. Usually, I laugh during PED suspensions, but Hopkins has won my vote of confidence.

  13. How come the accidental contaminations are always with a substance that’s performance enhancing?

  14. The best case was the Patriots player who got off when he tested positive. He claimed that the positive test was a result of the residue in his body from when he previously tested positive.

  15. More likely, DeAndre is “confused and shocked” that the masking/cleansing agents that he took to hide the ostarine, didn’t work.

  16. catquick says:
    June 23, 2022 at 10:44 am
    With the proliferation of gambling in sports is not out of the question someone “doses” a guy. Not saying it happened here, but in the future it could be a thing.

    Yeah, gambling on football, that’s a new thing.

  17. Maybe he should call Julian Edelman. He whined but was guilty. I
    liked to watch Edelman but he broke a lot of fans hearts by cheating.

  18. Well…at least everyone here in the comments section is certain that they know that he’s guilty, despite being nowhere near the situation.

  19. Mike, your observations and discussion on this topic are understood… However, it is time for this black or white orientation to upgrade and “adapt” to these gray areas where reasonable doubts can exist. Simple research into this particular illegal substance has been found to be spreading and contaminating various supplements and food sources. Even you admitted that nefarious individuals could conspire to pollute. Given the amount of this substance in Nuk’s body (>0.1%), any one of these scenarios is certainly a possibility. Hence; the NFL may want to update policies to include some “common sense” instead of overly simplifying this all or nothing approach.

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