Former Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins responsibly tried to downplay some inflammatory statements involving coach Bill O'Brien. Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Michael Irvin set the NFL world on fire with some comments about DeAndre Hopkins, Bill O’Brien and Aaron Hernandez Wednesday morning during an appearance on ESPN’s Get Up.

Irvin said that O’Brien didn’t like how influential Hopkins was in Houston’s locker room, and that he compared the situation to what he dealt with when Aaron Hernandez was a member of the New England Patriots.

After news of this spread on social media, Hopkins himself took to Twitter with a high-road response:

“This is being blown way out of proportion. As I’ve said before, I enjoyed and am proud of my time with the Texans. I have the utmost respect for Coach O’Brien and that will not change.  Now, I’m ready to play for the Cardinals.”

That’s a classy response from the superstar receiver. Certainly, he and O’Brien did not see eye-to-eye during their shared tenure in Houston, and it would have been easy to just let Irvin’s comments circulate without a response, or even perhaps to add fuel to the fire. Instead, Hopkins is doing everything he can to diffuse the situation.

Now he’s in perhaps an even better situation with the Arizona Cardinals after being traded with a chance to play for an innovative offensive mind in Kliff Kingsbury, with Kyler Murray tossing him the rock.

This article first appeared on Sportsnaut and was syndicated with permission.



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ARZ / 109 / 2015,17
Larry Fitzgerald
ATL / 136 / 2015
Julio Jones
BAL / 103 / 2007
Derrick Mason
BUF / 100 / 2002
Eric Moulds
CAR / 116 / 2019
Christian McCaffrey
CHI / 118 / 2012
Brandon Marshall
CIN / 112 / 2007
T.J. Houshmandzadeh
CLE / 89 / 1983, 84
Ozzie Newsome
CLE / 89 / 2006
Kellen Winslow Jr.
DAL / 111 / 1995
Michael Irvin
DEN / 113 / 2001
Rod Smith
DET / 123 / 1995
Herman Moore
GB / 112 / 1993
Sterling Sharpe
HOU / 115 / 2008
Andre Johnson
HOU / 115 / 2018
DeAndre Hopkins
IND / 143 / 2002
Marvin Harrison
JAX / 116 / 1999
Jimmy Smith
KC / 103 / 2018
Travis Kelce
LAC / 104 / 2019
Keenan Allen
LAR* / 119 / 1995
Isaac Bruce
MIA / 112 / 2017
Jarvis Landry
MIN / 122 / 1994, 95
Cris Carter
NE / 123 / 2009
Wes Welker
NO / 149 / 2019
Michael Thomas
NYG / 107 / 2009
Steve Smith
NYJ / 109 / 2015
Brandon Marshall
OAK / 104 / 1997
Tim Brown
PHI / 116 / 2018
Zach Ertz
PIT / 136 / 2015
Antonio Brown
SEA / 94 / 2007
Bobby Engram
SEA / 94 / 2016
Doug Baldwin
SF / 122 / 1995
Jerry Rice
TB / 106 / 2001
Keyshawn Johnson
TEN* / 101 / 1964
Charley Hennigan
WAS / 113 / 2013
Pierre Garcon

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