DeAndre Hopkins showed nothing but pure class with his decision to donate his playoff check to the family of Jazmine Barnes.
There are many things in this world that are bigger than football, and DeAndre Hopkins realizes that. That’s why he has decided to donate his playoff check to the family of a shooting victim, 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes of the Houston area.
Barnes was killed in a drive-by shooting on Sunday, after a pickup truck pulled up next to her mother’s car and opened fire. Others in the vehicle were wounded, including Barnes’ mother.
As Hopkins and the Houston Texans prepare to face the Indianapolis Colts in the wild card round of the NFL playoffs on Saturday at NRG Stadium, Hopkins also took to Instagram to dedicate the game to Barnes. He said that when he sees her face, he thinks of his own daughter.
This was an all-time classy move by Hopkins, who has nothing but love for the city of Houston and its residents, especially in the wake of a horrific tragedy such as this one.
“You hate to hear what happened,” Hopkins said on Thursday, via NFL Network’s James Palmer. “The city of Houston is always supportive of me, of this team, so I felt in my heart that it was only right that I give back to those who are down. Man, it’s a tough situation what happened. It’s tough man. What I can do … that’s nothing. That won’t bring backs a person. I’m not trying to make it about me or anything like that. It’s the least I could do.”
The Texans won the AFC South this year, edging out both the Colts and the Tennessee Titans during the last week of the season. As Houston and Indianapolis get set to renew their rivalry on Sunday, Hopkins now has something extra to fight for in this game.