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Sports Cardinals' DeAndre Hopkins explains failed drug test that led to suspension, challenges NFL's 'black and white' policy

07:21  01 august  2022
07:21  01 august  2022 Source:   sportingnews.com

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DeAndre Hopkins should probably take his vitamins.

In May, Cardinals wide receiver Hopkins was handed a six-game suspension by the NFL for violating the league's PED policy. In July, he's still pleading his case.

According to Hopkins, he tested positive for trace amount of a banned substance known as Ostarine. The wideout believes that the NFL's "black and white" policy regarding banned substance needs to be revisited, saying he "barely takes vitamins" in the process:

I’ve never taken any of that kind of stuff. If you know about what it is, it can be in shampoo, it can be in a lot of different things. Obviously the NFL is very black and white, so of course, I wish the rule wasn’t so black and white. It is what it is. It’s hard to know when something gets contaminated at a trace amount when you’re not working at the manufacturing company. …

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It’s hard to know what you can eat, what you can do when you’re not in control of manufacturing anything or what goes through a conveyor belt, you know what I’m saying? So, obviously, I do think that rules should change. But like I said, that stuff, it’ll work itself out, and I’ve never taken anything. I barely take vitamins.

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It's not the first time that Hopkins has claimed innocence: In June, he revealed he was still considering appealing the suspension in hopes to knock down the six games to something shorter. Hopkins said he was found with "0.1 percent" of the drug in his body when he tested positive.

The drug is used to grow muscle and is found in supplements, and is often found in athletic supplements.

The Cardinals wideout is coming off an MCL injury he suffered during the 2021 season, and he should be full bore once he gets on the field. The Cardinals are being cautious

Whenever that may be, though, is still up in the air.

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