DeAndre Hopkins said he had a reason for giving the middle finger to a caravan of President Donald Trump supporters.
Just before the Arizona Cardinals wide receiver was set to play in Sunday Night Football’s game, photos of him surfaced online that accused him of giving the middle finger to Trump supporters and weaving in and out of traffic.
On Tuesday, Hopkins confirmed he flipped off the group on the “All Things Covered” podcast. Hopkins said people were beeping at him for entering the caravan.
“Driving down the highway I guess I got in between a train or a bunch of cars that I wasn’t supposed to be in between in my car and some of those were honking the horn at me and stuff like that I guess to tell me to get out of their way, and I didn’t,” Hopkins said.
“The guy in front of me was stepping on his brakes and tried to stop dead in traffic, and I got around him and I stuck him a birdie. I really was about to do the peace sign to him, but this finger right here was kinda hurting, so it didn’t make it up in time. But I was like, ‘Damn, dude, you’re trying to stop on the brakes in dead traffic, cause I’m in your guys’ train and what not just trying to go to work?’”
Hopkins also denied rumors that he was speeding and swerving in between cars to create a dangerous scenario:
“There wasn’t nothing thrown out the car or anything like that. No speeding. Obviously, you see me right there. If I was in a Ferrari speeding, I don’t think you would be able to take a still picture of me. That’s all,” he said.
Hopkins went off for 10 catches, 103 yards and a touchdown in the Cardinals’ 37-34 overtime win over Seattle.