DeAndre Hopkins faces criticism for flipping off convoy of Trump supportersBy Mark Pygas
Oct. 27 2020, Updated 11:30 a.m. ET
Arizona Cardinals star DeAndre Hopkins is facing criticism on social media after photos appeared to show him flipping off supporters of President Donald Trump as he drove past their convoy. The president's supporters were taking part in a "Trump Train" drive in Phoenix, Arizona, when the incident occurred.
According to Insider, the images show Hopkins while he was on his way to the State Farm Stadium for Sunday's game against the Seattle Seahawks. According to those who posted images of the incident on social media, Hopkins was reportedly weaving in and out of traffic while driving a Ferrari convertible. One image, posted by Richard Williams, appears to show Hopkins without his hands on the wheel.
April Garcia, who was driving in the convoy, told AZ Central: "It's scary when they are coming up fast and swerving into you." Garcia noted that there had been other "intolerant" people who had thrown objects at the caravan.
"My 8-year-old son was in one of the cars you were swerving in and out of as you were disrupting the PHX Trump Train drive and trying to cause an accident," Williams wrote on Twitter. "You're a piece of trash. Make your political statements, but you out people at risk today."
Another user wrote: "This is one of your own Deandre Hopkins flipping off people. Apparently weaving in and out of traffic during a Trump rally. Maybe he can set the example as a public figure and let people exercise their 1st amendment right. Great behavior from a Cardinal."
Others seemed to be more supportive of Hopkins' own expression of his first amendment rights. "Deandre Hopkins flipped off a bunch of Trump supporters on his way to the stadium then put up 10 catches for 100 yards and a TD," one user wrote, calling Hopkins a "Legend."
"DeAndre Hopkins driving a Ferrari giving the double bird to a pro-Trump caravan is the type of content I need," another user added.
While another user concluded: "Not a great way to endear yourself to fans. Cardinals' star wide-receiver DeAndre Hopkins reportedly gives the bird to Trump supporters on I-10."