“I Hate to Hear a Guy Talk”: DeAndre Hopkins Challenges Rival CB to a Boxing Match After Taking ‘Steroid Boy’ Comments Personally

Published 11/29/2022, 6:00 AM EST
Nov 21, 2022; Mexico City, MEXICO; Arizona Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins (10) makes a reception as he is defended by San Francisco 49ers cornerback Charvarius Ward (7) during the first half at Estadio Azteca. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The San Francisco 49ers’ win over the Arizona Cardinals on Monday night may have just sparked a long-time feud. After 49ers’ cornerback, Charvarius Ward, took a swing at Cardinals’ receiver DeAndre Hopkins, the impending brawl was indisputable. And finally, after almost a week, Hopkins retorted to his adversary, in equally damaging words of his own.

The entire situation started when Ward called Hopkins “Steroid Boy” at the 49ers‘ post-game press conference in Mexico City. Ward spoke at length about how Hopkins consistently hyped himself up, and played some of the dirtiest trick to get past him. Ward added that he does not think Hopkins is still the great receiver he was, and that he has no respect for his game after that game.

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Hopkins spent most of the game against Ward, and the duo were constantly chit-chatting with each other. But Ward’s words, after the game, stirred up a pot that he may not have wanted to touch. And after almost a week of waiting and constant speculation, Hopkins finally came out with his response to Ward.

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DeAndre Hopkins gives a fitting reply to Charvarius Ward’s fiery words

Post Friday practice with the Cardinals, Hopkins took some time to answer questions from reporters. And before long, the million-dollar question popped up. Addressing the situation, he said, “I’m not the kind of guy to go to social media and stuff like that. Obviously, it sounded very personal. The crazy thing about this league, is that you never know when you might end up on a team with somebody,” sparking laughter among reporters and watching players.

American Football – NFL – Arizona Cardinals v San Francisco 49ers – Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, Mexico – November 21, 2022 Arizona Cardinals’ DeAndre Hopkins in action with San Francisco 49ers’ Charvarius Ward REUTERS/Henry Romero

He went on to talk about his respect for Le’Veon Bell, who pursued an alternate career in boxing. “I respect guys like Le’Veon Bell who get in that boxing ring… I would definitely love to get in the boxing ring and see how tough he is in real life.” It seems Hopkins is very much interested in punching his way through this mess. Will “Celebrity Boxing: NFL Edition” become a reality soon?

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Arjun Sukumaran

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Arjun Sukumaran is a NFL content writer at EssentiallySports. A Mechanical Engineering graduate, his debating stints and voyages into research from his college days have become part and parcel of his life. He loves cheeseburgers, and so naturally, he loves the Kansas City Chiefs, and you can definitely count him in the group of people claiming Patrick Mahomes to be the next big thing.

Edited By: Gurjyot Singh Dadial

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