NFL Megastar DeAndre Hopkins Threatens to Leave NFL Over New COVID Edict

Nick Kangadis | July 23, 2021
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What the establishment doesn’t understand is that it’s not about being “pro” or “anti-vax.” You don’t have to be “anti-vax” to not want to "partake" in the COVID-19 vaccine.

Arizona Cardinals superstar wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins sent out a tweet on Thursday, which he has since deleted, in which he took a stand against the new edicts the NFL put in place should a team experience a “COVID outbreak.”

“Never thought I would say this, But being in a position to hurt my team because I don't want to partake in the vaccine is making me question my future in the @nfl,” Hopkins wrote in the now-deleted tweet."

For context, ESPN reported the following on the new NFL COVID edict:

Hopkins' tweet came in the wake of an NFL memo that described ramifications for teams that had COVID outbreaks during the 2021 season that decimate position groups or entire rosters. The NFL said a forfeit will be declared for a postponed game that can't be rescheduled within the 18-game framework of the season and is caused by an outbreak among unvaccinated players of one team. In addition, if a forfeit occurs, players on both teams would lose their game checks.

Hopkins posted a subsequent tweet, simply asking the question, “Freedom?”

The All-Pro wideout also retweeted OutKick writer Gary Sheffield Jr.’s tweet, which was posted in support of Hopkins. Hopkins wrote a caption along with the retweet, commenting on how fickle society is with people that may not blindly go along with the prevailing establishment’s edicts.

And just to clarify that Hopkins wasn’t intimating that he was contemplating retiring from the sport of football, he sent out another tweet telling his followers just how much he has left in the gas tank.