The NFL made a significant decision this Thursday, announcing that teams may have to forfeit games this season if they can’t play because of a COVID-19 outbreak among unvaccinated players. As you’d expect, that rule is being labeled controversial by several fans and players.
Multiple players have made it known that they don’t agree with this policy, but none bigger than Arizona Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins.
Moments ago, Hopkins revealed that he’s questioning his future in the NFL because of the league’s new rule for the 2021 season.
“Never thought I would say this, but being put 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 tweeted.
DeAndre Hopkins with a big statement on today’s news… pic.twitter.com/YSt4uG8NUe
— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) July 22, 2021
Hopkins deleted this tweet just a few minutes after it was posted, but the damage has already been done.
Cardinals fans are understandably worried about Hopkins’ status for this upcoming season. In his first year with the franchise, Hopkins had 115 receptions for 1,407 yards and six touchdowns.
Although a few of Hopkins’ followers support his decision regarding the vaccine, there are more fans who don’t understand why he won’t receive it.
“Just retire if you don’t want to take the vaccine,” one fan wrote. “It’s as simple as that.”
Will Hopkins suit up for the Cardinals this season? We’ll find out in the very near future.