Arizona Cardinals superstar wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins is about to find himself a little lighter in the pocket book.
The National Football League announced they will find the wide receiver for an obscene gesture during a game. NFL officials say DeAndre Hopkins now faces a fine of more than $28,000 for “flipping off” a league referee last week. Hopkins allegedly raised his middle finger in the direction of a referee after a play was over.
The incident occurred in week 17 as the Cardinals were facing the Los Angeles Rams in a must win game for the team to make the playoffs. The Cardinals would fall to the Rams by a final score of 18-7. Hopkins’ bird flip was caught on camera by the broadcast crew.
Hopkins was fined $28,075 for the unsportsmanlike conduct incident. During the game, he and the Cardinals were hit with a 15-yard unsportsmanlike penalty for the receiver raising his voice to the NFL official. The moment came in the third quarter of the game with the Cardinals trailing the Rams by 8 points.
DeAndre Hopkins Jump Starts Cardinals’ Passing Game
The Cardinals acquired the talented wide receiver from the Houston Texans during the last offseason. Hopkins immediately became the team’s number one receiver and pushed the Cardinals’ passing game to new heights.
He and star quarterback Kyler Murray made for a dynamic duo that came very close to making the playoffs. Both players are in line for National Football League honors once the current season and playoffs come to a close. The Cardinals finished the 2020 NFL season with an 8-8 record but were in the playoff chase until the end.
While they will not actually play the game due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Hopkins made the Pro Bowl this year. The receiver caught 115 passes for 1,407 receiving yards and added six touchdowns.
H/T: Fox News