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People participating in a caravan of hundreds of vehicles circling Valley highways as a parade of sorts for President Donald Trump say Arizona Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins swerved through the caravan and flipped people off.
People who said they were in the caravan posted photos on Twitter of Hopkins giving the middle finger while driving a Ferrari convertible around 1:30 p.m. In the images, he is wearing a distinctive shirt that he was seen wearing when he arrived at State Farm Stadium later that afternoon.
Tony Garcia and April Garcia were driving in the caravan when they noticed a black Ferrari weaving in and out of the line. They said they saw the Ferrari exit the Loop 101 freeway near the stadium and hypothesized that the driver could be a football player.
Tony Garcia said he realized it was Hopkins when he looked up photos of players and found one of Hopkins wearing the same shirt the driver was wearing. He said people in the caravan were posting about it on the Patriots of Arizona Facebook page.
April Garcia said the driver of the Ferrari was speeding and creating a dangerous driving situation.
“It’s scary when they are coming up fast and swerving into you,” April Garcia said. She said that there were a lot more “intolerant” people Sunday throwing water and other objects at the caravan.
Tony Garcia said he is proud that the drivers in the caravan seemed to keep their cool and remain unengaged with the people harassing them.
The team did not have an immediate comment. The Arizona Department of Public Safety said it did not have a record of a traffic stop involving Hopkins.
A South Carolina native, Hopkins has been outspoken about racism, both in his experience and what he’s seen around the country, particularly this summer.
Trump supporters have driven in caravans that last hours on Valley freeways for many recent Sundays. They usually start near Lake Pleasant and end with afterparties in Morristown.
DPS said it would comment Monday on the legality of the caravans, where hundreds of vehicles often drive below the speed limit on highways.
Hopkins entered Sunday’s game leading the league in receiving yards (601) and catches (47). He was questionable to play in the game due to a lingering ankle injury but was active. Hopkins started in Sunday’s game against Seattle and had a catch on the opening drive.