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After being suspended for the first six games of the 2022 season for a PED offense, Arizona Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins issued a statement.
On Monday, May 2, came the news that Arizona Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins was given a six-game suspension for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy. Hours later, wideout responded.
Hopkins released a statement via his official Twitter account in which he said he was “confused and shocked” that a test back in November came back with trace elements of a banned substance. You can see Hopkins’ full statement below:
DeAndre Hopkins responds to 6-game PED suspension
Prior to Hopkins’ statement, his brand manager, Doug Sanders, wrote a text message to ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter that they were shocked because the recipient is “extremely diligent about what he puts into his body.” Sanders mentions that they will test products that he used and will release information when they have it.
You can read Sanders’ text by clicking on Schefter’s tweet below:
Hopkins withdraws his appeal of the suspension.
The wide receiver missed seven games last season due to hamstring and knee injuries. He last took to the field during the team’s Week 14 game against the Los Angeles Rams.
Through his two seasons with the Cardinals, Hopkins caught 157 of 224 goals for 1,979 yards and 14 touchdowns.
The Cardinals will be without Hopkins in the first six games of the season. But the team acquired Marquise “Hollywood” Brown during the first round of the NFL Draft in a trade with the Baltimore Ravens, who are likely to see a host of goals in Hopkins’ absence.