Arizona Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins said the traces of an illegal substance that was detected in his system during a November NFL drug test was ostarine, a selective androgen receptor modulator (SARM) that is not approved. for human use or consumption in the United States or any other country.
Hopkins’ positive drug test violated NFL policy regarding performance-enhancing drugs and resulted in a six-game suspension for the start of the 2022 season.
“There was 0.1 percent found in my system,” Hopkins said. “If you know what it is, you know it is contamination, not something taken directly. I don’t take any supplements. I have never taken supplements. I barely take vitamins.
“So for something like this to happen to me, obviously I was 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 Wednesday while attending the Suns JaVale McGee Center benefit softball game at Chase Field.
Typically, SARMs are used to create anabolic activity and enhance muscle growth by directly stimulating androgen receptors. Hopkins missed eight games last season due to hamstring problems and a torn medial knee ligament that required surgery at the end of the season.
As he did during a social media statement when the suspension was originally announced in early May, Hopkins on Wednesday said once again that he didn’t know how ostarine, even a small trace, got into his system.
“It wasn’t up to me,” he said. “I’m practically a naturopathic person.”
Hopkins told reporters Wednesday that he hopes there is a way to reduce his ban before the season starts, but considering how he has already withdrawn his NFL appeal, it is doubtful that a six-game cut is possible.
As for having to serve the suspension, “it is what it is,” he said.
“I’m a competitor, so every time I’m not on the pitch, it’s frustrating for me,” he added. “This is the NFL. He is the next man. I have no doubt those guys will win those six games until I’m ready. “
Hopkins did not participate in any field drills with the Cardinals during off-season training, including the team’s recently completed mandatory mini-pitch. However, he trained on the side of the coaches.
Cardinals manager Kliff Kingsbury said Hopkins and his surgically repaired knee would be ready for the start of the retreat, although the team will be careful how much they use it during the preseason. Hopkins is allowed to retire and play in preseason games, but once the season begins he must stay completely away from the Cardinals for six full weeks.
“It’s close,” Kingsbury said. “We are very cautious of course with him not playing the first six weeks and that was our most important thing, putting together a plan across training camp, for the next four weeks that you don’t strengthen him and make him grow as if was going to play week 1.
“So, we have a good plan, but he looks good, he’s excited. I know he’s frustrated that he can’t play the top six, but like I said before, I think we’ll get the best version of him in the last 11 and he’ll be fun to watch.
This article originally appeared in Arizona Republic: Hopkins of the Cardinals Still Puzzled Over Failed Drug Test: “It Wasn’t Up to Me”