On Thursday afternoon, Arizona Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins stunned the football world with his take on the COVID-19 vaccine.
Earlier this afternoon, the NFL announced strict punishments for players and teams that aren’t vaccinated. From being forced to forfeit games and losing pay checks, the NFL made it clear the league wants players to be vaccinated.
Hopkins, however, said he does not want to “partake” in the vaccine. He even suggested that he was questioning his future in the league as a result.
“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,” he said on Twitter.
Of course, that led to plenty of jokes at Hopkins’ expense. Fans suggested Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray might have to go to extreme lengths to make sure Hopkins is vaccinated and ready to play in 2021.
Kyler Murray dragging DeAndre Hopkins to a vaccination site pic.twitter.com/pvtepR7nEj
— Jay – Marcelo Mayer superfan (@JarrettW_6) July 22, 2021
DeAndre Hopkins in the Grey Cup next year pic.twitter.com/aqaZmG2WKg
— Theo Ash (@TheoAsh1) July 22, 2021
DeAndre Hopkins: I might retire rather than get the vax
Roger Goodell: pic.twitter.com/cCNv11FNlY
— profloumoore (@loumoore12) July 22, 2021
Hopkins went on to delete the tweet, instead posting a one-word question for the league. “Freedom?” he tweeted after deleting his previous message.
It’s difficult to believe Hopkins would actually leave the NFL as a result of its new vaccination suggestions. However, it can’t be ruled out at this point.
This will be something to monitor over the next few weeks.