Cardinals spokesman DeAndre Hopkins says drug test failure was “pollution” he still can’t explain

DeAndre Hopkins, a founder of Arizona Cardinals, said traces of an illegal substance detected in his system during an NFL drug test in November were ostarin, a selective androgen receptor modulator (SARM) that has not been approved for use in the United States or the United States. any other country.

Hopkins’ positive drug test violated the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs and led to a six-game ban to start the 2022 season.

“0.1 percent was found in my system,” Hopkins said. “If you know what it is, you know it’s contamination, nothing taken directly. I don’t take any supplements. I’ve never taken supplements. I almost take vitamins.

“So something like this would happen to me, I was probably shocked, but my team and I are still trying to figure out what’s going on.”

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Hopkins made his remarks to reporters on Wednesday when he attended a Suns Center JaVale McGee charity softball game at Chase Field.

SARMs are commonly used to induce anabolic activity and increase muscle growth by directly stimulating androgen receptors. Hopkins missed eight games last season due to knee problems and a tear in the medial ligament of the knee that required surgery to end the season.

As he said in a statement on social media when the suspension was first announced in early May, Hopkins said again on Wednesday that he did not know how the ostarin, even a small trace of it, got into his system.

June 22, 2022; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; DeAndre Hopkins, host of the Arizona Cardinals, during the charity water game Water for Life, hosted by JaVale McGee and his Juglife Foundation at Chase Field. Mandatory credit: Rob Schumacher-Republic of Arizona

“It wasn’t on me,” he said. “I’m a pretty naturopathic person.”

Hopkins told reporters on Wednesday that he hoped his ban would be lifted before the start of the season, but given how he has already withdrawn his NFL appeal, the reduction in six games is questionable.

As for the suspension, “that’s what it is,” he said.

“I’m a competitor, so every time I’m off the field, it’s frustrating for me,” he added. “This is the NFL. This is the next man. I have no doubt that these men will win these six games until I’m ready.

Hopkins did not participate in off-season training with the Cardinals in any field practice, including the team’s recently completed mandatory mini-camp. However, he trained with the coaches.

Cardinals coach Cliff Kingsbury said Hopkins and his surgically repaired knee are ready for the start of training camp, although the team is wary of how much he will use him in the pre-season. Hopkins is allowed to attend the training camp and play in the pre-season games, but at the beginning of the season he must be completely away from the Cardinals for six weeks.

“He’s close,” Kingsbury said. “We’re obviously very careful if he didn’t play for the first six weeks and that has been our biggest thing, drawing up a training camp and plan for the next four weeks that won’t grow him up or rush up like he’s about to play in Week 1.

“So we have a good plan, but he looks good and is excited. I know he’s disappointed he can’t play the first six, but like I’ve said before, I think we’ll get the last 11 best versions of him and it’s fun to watch.

This article originally appeared in the Republic of Arizona: Cardinals Hopkins was still puzzled by a failed drug test: “It wasn’t on me”

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