Cardinals' DeAndre Hopkins fined for flipping off officials during game vs. Rams
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins has been fined $28,075 for his actions during his team's season-ending 18-7 loss to the Los Angeles Rams last week.
The NFL Network's Tom Pelissero first reported the fine, saying it was "for unsportsmanlike conduct" and "was also flagged for yelling at officials over an offensive pass interference call."
Hopkins also flipped off officials during the game.
In the third quarter of the Cardinals' Week 17 loss against the Rams in Los Angeles, Hopkins was called for offensive pass interference.
After the penalty, he yelled at the officials and used the gesture in frustration over the call.
As a result, he was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct.
Remarkably, the fine was the first one (and only known one) picked up by a Cardinals player all season.
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The Cardinals finished the season 8-8, narrowly missing a playoff berth.
They would have been in the postseason had they defeated the Rams.
Hopkins, acquired in an offseason trade from the Texans, tied his career high this season with 115 receptions for 1,407 yards and six touchdowns. Hopkins was also named to the Pro Bowl this season for the fifth time in his eight-year career.
On Friday, he was named a second-team All-Pro selection.
Hopkins had been named first-team All-Pro each of the past three seasons, but this year, was edged out by Green Bay’s Davante Adams, Buffalo’s Stefon Diggs and Kansas City’s Tyreek Hill.
He joined Minnesota’s Justin Jefferson, Atlanta’s Calvin Ridley, Seattle’s DK Metcalf and Buffalo’s Cole Beasley on the AP’s All-Pro second team.
It was the second time Hopkins had notably flipped off someone this season.
In October, the wide receiver made waves for flipping off a pro-Donald Trump caravan on his way to a game at State Farm Stadium in Glendale.
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