The 49ers clobbered the Arizona Cardinals 38-10 on Monday night. One of the most intriguing matchups, at least for the first half, was Charvarius Ward against DeAndre Hopkins. The 49ers' CB1 switched sides to line up almost exclusively against Hopkins, who generally stays on the left side of the field.
However, it's safe to say that they didn't become friends during the matchup.
«D Hop, he thinks he's a tough guy,» Ward said in an appearance on KNBR, via NBC Sports Bay Area. «He thinks he still one of the best receivers in the league and he's really not. He was trying to talk noise and talk hard all game. We're not scared of him. He thought we were scared of him. He tried to intimidate us, but forget him, we did our thing. We went out there and got a ‘dub' and we did our job. He was just yip-yapping all game, but we don't care about that. We just wanted to win.
«He was getting locked up. He was doing some dirty things.He tried to clip me, he grabbed me by the throat. He grabbed my facemask on one play, so I don't respect his game. That's steroid boy.»
Hopkins missed the first six games of the 2022 regular season, due to a suspension under the PED policy. He has denied knowingly ingesting a banned substance. (As many who test positive for PEDs do.)