Since his days at Clemson University to his time now as a member of the Houston Texans, wide receiver DeAndre has seemed to always find his name among the best to play his position. But despite his success on the football field, Hopkins’ own mother has never seen her son celebrate with his teammates after making a touchdown catch.
But before one rushes to judgement, know that this has not been by his mother’s own choice. Unfortunately, she was the victim of a brutal act of domestic violence that left her blind in both eyes when her son was only 10 years old.
Hopkins’ mother, Sabrina Greenlee, was attacked by her ex-boyfriend after she found him cheating on her with another woman. What he and the other woman did to her that day in 2002 was something of just pure evil.
The woman her boyfriend was cheating on her with, Savannah Carlita Grant, poured a mixture of boiling chemicals on Greenlee that ended up with her skin literally melting off of her face. When she was eventually able to make it to a hospital, doctor’s had to place her in a medically induced coma in order to repair the incredible damage to her skin.
She ended up staying in the hospital of three weeks and the result of the incident left Greenlee completely blind in her right eye and 40 percent blind in her left eye. Unsurprisingly, Grant was later sentenced to 20 years in prison for her horrible actions.
“Since the age of 12, my mother has never seen me play a football game or a basketball game. Domestic violence is something that’s deeper than just the word domestic violence to some.”
Due to the issue hitting so close to home, Hopkins has been involved in helping those affected by domestic violence during his time in the NFL.
In both 2015 and 2016, the wide receiver donated $1,000 to AVDA (Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse) for every touchdown he caught during the month of October. Hopkins as donated a total of $3,000 so far with this pledge agreement and there is no reason to think that he will not continue to do so during future seasons.
Even though he does not have the ability to give his mother her vision back, Hopkins is still doing his best to help prevent another man or woman from sustaining similar damage from a disgusting act of domestic violence.