Arizona Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins recently posted a photo on his Instagram account in support of Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson.
Prior to getting traded to the Arizona Cardinals in 2020, DeAndre Hopkins made a name for himself catching passes in a Houston Texans uniform. Deshaun Watson, who has been in the spotlight for the last year for all of the wrong reasons, was the quarterback throwing to Hopkins in Houston from 2017 to 2019.
The two connected on 25 touchdown passes during their time with the Texans and their success together shouldn’t have come as a surprise to anyone. Both spent their college careers at the University of Clemson, and even though each of them attended the school at different times, their paths certainly crossed, and a bond was built.
This bond still remains today and this was recently made evident by Hopkins when he posted a photo of himself and the quarterback together on his Instagram account following the news that Watson was being traded to the Cleveland Browns.
Cleveland Browns QB Deshaun Watson has the support of Arizona Cardinals WR DeAndre Hopkins
Hopkins has since deleted the post on his Instagram account, likely to avoid any criticism of supporting someone in Watson who is still facing 22 civil lawsuits that accuse him of sexual misconduct and sexual assault.
It wouldn’t be surprising if someone from the Cardinals got in contact with the receiver and asked him to remove the photo from his account.
Hopkins’ post isn’t very shocking though, given his history with Watson. The Arizona receiver has also never been one to not share his feelings on a subject in the past either, regardless of whether he’ll receive any criticism or not.
Based on the timing of the post, Hopkins was likely celebrating his friend getting traded out of Houston just as he did in 2020. Still, people are not going to agree with the receiver supporting Watson in any way due to the severity of the lawsuits the quarterback is currently facing.
Hopkins is an adult and he is free to support anyone he wants. But at this point in time, and possibly for the rest of time, anything he posts on his social media accounts related to Watson is likely going to be met with a large amount of backlash.