DeAndre Hopkins found himself surrounded by a caravan of Donald Trump supporters on an Arizona freeway Sunday. They seemed unhappy with his presence.
He said one driver stopped short ahead of him shortly before the Cardinals receiver gave a middle-finger salute to the pack of the president’s supporters. A photo of that gesture has circulated on social media this week.
Hopkins offered a tongue-in-cheek explanation for why he flipped off the crowd of cars from his Ferrari convertible.
“The guy in front of me stepped on his brakes and tried to stop dead in traffic, and I got around him and I stuck him a birdie,” Hopkins told the “All Things Covered” podcast. “I really was about to do the peace sign to him, but this finger right here was kinda hurting, so it didn’t make it up in time.”
Hopkins dislocated a finger Jan. 12, but there’s no indication the injury has bothered him since then.
“I really was about to give the peace sign to them, but this finger was kinda hurting so it didn’t make it up in time…”
You have to hear @DeAndreHopkins side of the story about what happened on the way to the game the other night…
— Bryant McFadden (@BMac_SportsTalk) October 27, 2020
Hopkins wasn’t done playing with birds after moving past the Trump caravan. Later Sunday night, he toyed with the Seahawks to the tune of 10 receptions for 102 yards and a touchdown.
His Cardinals beat Seattle 37-34 in overtime to improve to 5-2 this season.
Hopkins has 704 receiving yards in the first seven games of his stint in Arizona, which comes after an offseason trade from the Texans.