Houston Texans coach and general manager shocked the NFL world by trading star receiver DeAndre Hopkins. The baffling trade came as a result of the hostile relationship between the two and Hall of Fame receiver Michael Irvin just shared why the coach-player relationship was so bad.
During an appearance on ESPN’s Get Up, Irvin revealed that Hopkins shared a moment when O’Brien compared the team’s star receiver to Aaron Hernandez and questions Hopkins’ personal life.
O’Brien allegedly took issue with Hopkins’ influence within the locker room. Houston’s coach didn’t like the amount of power Hopkins carried with his teammates, so he called him in for a private meeting and then compared him to Hernandez.
“The last time I had to have a meeting like this, it was with Aaron Hernandez,” Hopkins says O’Brien told him, via The Jump
O’Brien was on the New England Patriots coaching staff during Hernandez’s three-year stint in the NFL. Of course, Hernandez’s career came to an end after he was charged and found guilty for murdering Odin Lloyd.
Hopkins also told Irvin that O’Brien took issue with the star receiver having multiple kids with different women.
While this is only one side of the story between O’Brien and Hopkins, the allegations are alarming. After already trading one of the NFL’s best receivers, the heat on O’Brien from outside the organization and in the locker room will only intensify with this story.