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Arizona Cardinals DeAndre Hopkins working to get suspension reduced, says failed test from ‘contamination’

Jason Burgos
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Arizona Cardinals star wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins claims his May drug test failure was not from anything he took on purpose, but being the victim of accidental contamination.

In the spring, the NFL world was shocked when it was reported that the three-time All-Pro had failed a drug test and would be suspended for the first six games of the upcoming season. A major blow to a Cardinals team that did not make any major additions following an 11-6 finish in 2021.

Related: DeAndre Hopkins ‘confused and shocked’ by positive drug test

The revelation was just as stunning to Hopkins and he publicly questioned the results on Twitter soon after by saying, “In my 10-year NFL career, I have never tested positive for using performance-enhancing drugs.” Well, the nine-year veteran is still on a crusade to clear his name and reduce the suspension handed down by the NFL.

Arizona Cardinals star on failed drug test: ‘For something like that to happen to me, I was shocked’

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On Wednesday, Hopkins told Cameron Cox of KPNX in Arizona about his efforts to clarify why he tested positive for Ostarine, and prove to the league he was a victim of bad luck and not trying to cheat.

“We’re still doing some research right now. 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 [representation], we’re still trying to find out what’s going on.”

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While Hopkins failed test may have truly been an accident, it will still be very hard to have the ruling overturned. The announcement of suspensions usually comes after appeals have been made.

Furthermore, the failed test came during the 2021 season, meaning he has had a long time to offer up evidence that he was a victim of the unfortunate event. With no change yet to the ruling, it is likely the evidence against the test is not strong enough to change the NFL’s stance on his suspension.