NFL Star With $81 Million Deal Says Team Owner Made Him Feel Like Slave

Houston Texan Andre Hopkins said he felt like a slave.

Houston, TX – A National Football League player who signed an $81 million contract in 2017 said his team owner’s comment opposing the National Anthem protests made him feel “like a slave.”

Houston Texans’ wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins made the comments in a story published by GQ Magazine.

Hopkins was described by the magazine as a supporter of former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Hopkins has taken a knee during the National Anthem, according to GQ Magazine.

His comment about feeling like a slave was in reference to then Houston Texans owner Bob McNair saying, “We can’t have the inmates running the prison” in reference to anti-police protests in 2017.

“It feels like I'm a slave again. Listen to the master, go to work,” Hopkins told GQ Magazine. “We realize now what goes on above us. You can't sugarcoat that.”

“Hell yeah, I was about to sit out the game,” Hopkins said, according to GQ Magazine, “But I definitely wasn’t going to practice. A couple of my teammates about to follow me, but they called them back up to the stadium. They tried calling me, but I wasn't going back. Hell no. It's hard for people to understand what that means, when your family was slaves. You can't relate to something like that if your great-uncle's not telling you stories about their parents or their grandparents and what they went through. Not even too long ago, people couldn't even drink out of the same water faucet.”

Hopkins signed a five-year, $81 million deal in 2017, according to the Houston Chronicle. Hopkins will earn $12.5 million this season.

Hopkins has played six seasons in the NFL and has made three Pro Bowl teams. He has 528 career receptions for 7,437 yards and has scored 47 touchdowns. He played college football at Clemson and was a first-round draft pick of the Texans in the 2013 draft.

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Justretired
Justretired

He's mad cause he took a pay cut when he left the taters. That's Clemson for the ones that dont know.

Justretired
Justretired

Well hell I'll be a slave for 81 million! In meaning playing the game you love for a substantial amount of money, premadonas get a taste of the real profession world and dont like it I guess.

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

Talk about biting the hand that feeds you! I must be a cold-hearted son of a bitch, but I can't bring myself to feel sorry for somebody making 81 million. I'm sure his dilemma will resonate well with the general public!

Vodkabreakfast
Vodkabreakfast

For that kind of coin I’d be fairly disinterested in what the hell anyone had to say about anything. I’d jump in my Ferrari and drive home to my mansion. I’ve had people say far more unpleasant things to me than the above-mentioned, (military basic training comes to mind) and I’m old-fashioned enough to quote a line from my upbringing ie “sticks and stones”. Dry your eyes princess; life ain’t so bad.

TWalters
TWalters

In a few years we will be watching him make a fool out of himself on a “celebrity” reality tv show just to make a months rent.

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

me thinks he doesn't understand what it's like to be a slave... when your an employee (and free to quit at any time, and are paid for your work), you agree to follow the rules of your boss, and if you don't like the rules, you are free to quit at any time.

Apparently the didn't teach this young man anything about history during his time at Clemson

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

✊🏾

4thaBlue
4thaBlue

And before he signed his deal, he was saying and praying “I hope I get this signing, I’ll be a slave for that much money I don’t care!” And now that he’s got it, never satisfied.

Shield20
Shield20

Again? When was he a slave the first time? Got to attend college, has a job that pays well apparently, basically does whatever he wants, not sure how that's being enslaved...

Dfc3166
Dfc3166

Oh, cry me a river of tears, you over paid fools!

Digger15108
Digger15108

So tired of the BS these athletes spew. You get paid for playing a game‼️ Football, baseball, basketball, hockey, tennis, golf.... stfu and honor your word. You know, Like when you signed that contract.

LostAllSanity
LostAllSanity

“It feels like I'm a slave again. Listen to the master, go to work,” Hopkins said. For $81M over five years, you're damn right you have to listen to McNair and go to work. Do you think he is paying you for what what you did last week or last year. Hell no. He is paying you for what you can do for that team tomorrow. And exactly when were you a slave? And don't give that esoteric BS that just because you're Black you have special knowledge. By your definition, we are all enslaved to our jobs, responsibility (that's a new concept you might try), family and society at large. If you don't like the hardship of the job - quit. Not sure what else you qualified to do you overpaid POS - but give it a try and let us know how that works out for you.

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

It's a victim contest, which poor millionaire can be the next biggest victim. Victim mentality is the number one issue we have to face these days. False victims. No one alive living in the states will ever know what it feels like to be a slave. Unless they keep voting in these progressive politicians who want to keep the plantation alive.

Brasov04cluj
Brasov04cluj

P.O.S. He's TOO STUPID and IGNORANT to qualify as a slave and not worth a rope. I don't hear Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas Complaining about his work load OR His Pay.

Cstuartsr
Cstuartsr

This is the biggest bunch of crap I have ever read!!

BulletMagnetEd
BulletMagnetEd

#FirstWorldProblems Now you know what you get when you send impressionable youths through government-run, Marxist-infested schools for 16 years. You get this BS. You get millionaires crying about being oppressed. You get women taking 2/3 of university seats and crying about “rape culture” and the “patriarchy”. You get wealthy Hollywood actors complaining about income inequality. JFC... 🙄

Sailor
Sailor

Poor baby....cry me a river

Lochemet
Lochemet

His problem is not the team owner and not the team owner's comment. His problem is that he has a slave mentality. What did he mean when he said, "It feels like I'm a slave again"? When was he a slave? When he was working at McDonald's? He has a slave complex most-likely related to the color of his skin. No matter where one works, no matter for whom one works, that employer is one's boss and actually calls the shots, even if we don't like it. And if we don't like the comments or attitude of the one paying our salary, then we are completely free to go and find a job somewhere else...

LEO0301
LEO0301

If I was him, I'd quit the team. That'll show em!

The express
The express

Maybe it's time for him to go back to school because he knows nothing about slavery.

Tekhore
Tekhore

Maybe he just needs some reparations.

flippant
flippant

"Felt like a slave again". Where , when? Good God.

Dutchuncle
Dutchuncle

OK, in HIS mind, having to show up for work every day (for what 7 months out of the year then living like a KING the other 5 months) is "feeling like a Slave"? He should have had MY life. This POC would have shallowed a bullet by now after working the jobs I had to work to put food on the table for my family. What a LOSER. there is NO ONE forcing him to play this Schoolboy Game that NEVER put a product on the shelf that would FEED, CLOTH, SHELTER OR PROTECT an American Family. What a POC.

gnostica
gnostica

tired of anyone who makes millions complaining about l ife. the man who digs ditches in the cold so his child can have shoes and food I will listen to but I wish the people who have it all would shut up.

Woobie46
Woobie46

He feels like he's a "slave again". I wonder when he was a slave previously. These people should be tarred, feathered, then run out of town. We are paying this filth for playing a game and some of you are actually watching it???????? Get OUT!

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

Those contracts need to be rewired to require these overpaid assholes from saying anything to the public, of a controversial nature. Being famous should never be a pulpit for idiots! That includes all their social media accounts!

sanman899
sanman899

SO SICK of the National FELON League!!!

Storm45
Storm45

It is called discipline and work ethic you wooly headed moron.

Tekhore
Tekhore

Equating his experience to those that have truly experienced slavery is an insult.

Bulldog
Bulldog

And it's people like this POS then I don't watch the national felons League anymore! This punk ass bitch is going to make 81 million because he can toss a piece of pig skin around and run fast! I remember one professional athletes played not for the money but For the Love of the Game. There is no Godly reason why these ghetto hood rats should get paid all that money when I'm sure there are plenty of deserving young men who love to play football that would jump at the chance to play for 1/ 10th of what these overpaid Hoodrats are getting! I agree with @THEDUKE that he'll take a knee and never play football again because we all know that he ain't set no money aside for a rainy day LOL

nailer33
nailer33

The FOOL is dumber than a box of rocks!!! SLAVE??? He needs to join his childhood friends selling crack on a street corner, if he is so upset!

Longo Slade
Longo Slade

Americans make these losers their demi gods.

magnumforc
magnumforc

His family were slaves? Right...and how much of that 81 million has he donated to the cause of slavery? Nada. POS

BlueLM101
BlueLM101

A person with an $81 Million Dollar Contract said this, "“It feels like I'm a slave again. Listen to the master, go to work,” Hopkins told GQ Magazine." Are you F'n' kidding me?

CinGuz
CinGuz

Funny how he felt this way AFTER he signed that huge deal. How much of that money has he put into helping his own people. Hard to see it from your mansion.

MFLindsey
MFLindsey

Of course he's a slave. he lacks the intelligence to ever be anything more than that regardless of it's income. . .

FSchloss
FSchloss

Another stinking prima donna. He's yet to realize that professional jocks exist for the amusement of others, and that's all. If the NFL ceased to exist today, nothing would change.

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

"It feels like I'm a slave again. Listen to the master, go to work,” REALLY??? It's called a job you f**king idiot!! And YES, you do as the boss tells you if you want to get paid! That's life! And you were NEVER a slave, you entitled moron!! An $81 million contract to work only 7 months out of the year. I'm so glad I stopped watching the NATIONAL FELONS LEAGUE over 3 years ago!!!

Zpwjs
Zpwjs

What these dumbbells don't realize is that flag represents people who keep his great great parents from being gassed. Instead of a thank you he's degrading their efforts. That's one of the most disgusting acts this country has seen in it's short life.

61mouse
61mouse

So I wonder when he was a slave the first time ??? But he has NO ISSUES Cashing that paycheck

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

My employer pays me handsomely to do what he instructs me to do. It's a voluntary contract. Anyone who feels like a slave has some problems with reasoning and should go find employment elsewhere.

I can understand how the cliche "can’t have the inmates running the prison," though. Bet it brings back memories for a lot of the NFL players. The fact that America is a place where a poor kid can gain some skills and end up a millionaire speaks volumes about how great our country is, and these privileged little brats don't realize how fortunate they are, or how thankful they should be.

When the National Anthem plays, it's a time for all Americans to stand united, despite our differences.

Astow
Astow

“Made me feel like a slave again!” When the heck was he ever a slave?

JACQUEWB
JACQUEWB

Hopkins is not a slave and doesn’t know anyone who was. He probably could not trace his family genealogy. He acts like he was raised on government assistance, never worked, just played football and makes more money than I will ever see. He’s just like all the others who live off government assistance. He can’t be happy with what he has. He just wants more given to him.

J10107
J10107

While at work, and being paid by any organization gives the employer the right to set reasonable standards and have expectations that his/her employees will conduct themselves with dignity and honor, especially when you represent your employer.

When your on your own time, act anyway you want.

checksix
checksix

Must be tough earning that "living wage".

Dixiedamit
Dixiedamit

Ugh ! Vomit....

Mrdan
Mrdan

Wow I really feel sorry for him how can you ever live on that ? 12.5 million a year? N he says he feels like a slave ? Please please. Someone give me that kinda money so I can feel like a slave also theses assholes just don't get it kapernick. Brown ,& this asshole they all think their entitled to this money,,, you have a talent so shut up n play the game while you're talented enough to play it's not going to last forever

fishing
fishing

Yeah, Home Boy looks really mistreated. Take away his Millions and watch his attitude change.

fishing
fishing

I bet Dabo is really proud of this idiot...

Chief Deputy
Chief Deputy

This has nothing to do with Blue Lives Matter. You guys are going to start losing readers. I could give a rat's a.. about the National Felons League period.