UPDATED 12/27, 2:45 p.m. ET: DeAndre Hopkins appeared on Tuesday's episode of the All Things Covered podcast, where he explained why he flipped off a caravan of Trump supporters over the weekend.
Basically, Hopkins joked that he was trying to give them the peace sign, but one of his fingers was in pain, so it didn't "make it up in time."
"Driving down the highway I guess I got in between a train or a bunch of cars that I wasn’t supposed to be in between in my car," he explained. "And some of those were honking the horn at me and stuff like that I guess to tell me to get out of their way, and I didn’t. The guy in front of me stepping on his brakes and tried to stop dead in traffic and I got around him and I stuck him a birdie. I really was about to do the peace sign to him, but this finger right here was kinda hurting, so it didn’t make it up in time.
Hopkins added that he wasn't driving dangerously as some of the onlookers claimed. “But I was like, ‘Damn, dude, you’re trying to stop on brakes in dead traffic, cause I’m in your guys’ train and what not just trying to go to work?’ So, yeah, there wasn’t nothing thrown out the car or anything like that. No speeding," he added. "Obviously, you see me right there. If I was in a Ferrari speeding, I don’t think you would be able to take a still picture of me. That’s all.”
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Some people who were a part of a pro-Trump car caravan in Arizona said that DeAndre Hopkins weaved through their ranks and flipped them off as he was driving down the freeway on Sunday, azcentral.com reports.
Those involved in the caravan took to Twitter to complain about the way Hopkins was driving, saying that he apparently was putting them at risk and was swerving through traffic.
While those who were involved in the caravan were upset with Hopkins, others on Twitter took the opposite stance and said that him flipping off Trump supporters is nothing compared to the many indiscretions of Trump himself.
Azcentral.com also reports that the Arizona Department of Public Safety said that it did not have any record of a traffic stop involving Hopkins, so his driving might not have been as reckless as the caravan is making it out to be on social media.