The image created by the ESPN report that Texans receiver DeAndre Hopkins “walked out of camp” is jarring on the surface, inviting the visualization of Hopkins making a one-handed catch in the end zone, spiking the ball, and heading out the tunnel, Bo Jackson-style.
The truth, per a source with knowledge of the situation, is that Hopkins did not report for camp. While the result is the same (he’s not there), the procedures are much different.
The story pointed out there's a big difference between Hopkins never reporting and walking out. Per the story: When a player reports for camp and then later leaves, the team has the ability to send a letter warning him that, in five days, the club has the right to place him on the reserve/left squad list. For a player under contract who does not report, he is subject to fines in the amount of $40,000 per day and possible signing bonus forfeiture.