NFLPA: DeAndre Hopkins Didn't Use Diuretic, Masking Agent Before Drug Suspension

By: The Trend Wire

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DeAndre Hopkins, a wide receiver with the Arizona Cardinals, was given a six-game NFL suspension on May 2 for using performance-enhancing drugs.

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Hopkins tested positive for a "prohibited substance plus a diuretic or masking agent/attempt to substitute,

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dilute or adulterate a specimen/attempt to manipulate a test result," according to the league's statement on the case.

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Hopkins "never tested positive for any diuretic or masking drug, and there was absolutely no evidence of any attempt to substitute, dilute

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or adulterate any specimen or any attempt to manipulate a test," according to a statement from the NFLPA on Tuesday.

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In a May 2 interview, Hopkins denied using any illegal drugs with knowledge.

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Doug Sanders, his brand manager, also issued statements on the subject:

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"DeAndre Hopkins was suspended by the NFL today as a result of a November drug test that revealed traces of a prohibited substance. 

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DeAndre is incredibly conscientious about what he puts in his body, so everyone who works with him is utterly astonished by this discovery

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His tests in October and December came back negative, so we are looking into why the November test returned positive. 

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DeAndre is dedicated to proving that he did not intentionally use a prohibited substance. Throughout his ten-year career, he has never once tested positive.

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To determine how this may have happened, we are presently testing every product he used. We will announce any new information as soon as we receive it.

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According to Josh Weinfuss and Adam Schefter of ESPN, Hopkins won't be challenging the punishment.