ARIZONA Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray isn’t going to take criticism.
The 25-year-old decided to hit back when former teammate Patrick Peterson landed on him during a recent podcast appearance.
Speaking to his co-host, former NFL cornerback Bryant McFadden, on the All Things Covered podcast, Peterson made a startling claim about his former quarterback.
Peterson claimed, “Kyler Murray doesn’t care about anyone but Kyler Murray. It’s just a matter of fact.”
It came as they discussed whether Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury would be used as a “scapegoat” for their offensive struggles and disappointing 4-8 record.
But Murray was quick to hit back, tweeting: “Not true…you on some weird shit @p2 you got my number, if you really felt that way as ‘big brother’ or ‘mentor’ you’re supposed to call me and tell me, don’t drag me so your podcast can grow…”
Shortly after, wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, currently teammate of Murray, apparently tweeted in favor of his quarterback, saying“You don’t kick a man when he’s already down,”
But despite his pointed comment, Peterson denied that he and Murray had any beef.
According to ESPN, Peterson explained, “What I meant by my comment was that when you’re a franchise quarterback, you have to behave in a certain way.
“So if you’re having bad body language, pouting, moping on the sidelines, what kind of energy do you think your teammates are transmitting?
“That’s what I meant about Kyler. He cares about himself because he doesn’t put the team first.”
Peterson also went on to say he texted Murray, though the quarterback has yet to respond.
He explained: “I can’t wait to talk to him because I see a ton of talent in him.
“And those mannerisms are alarming. I’m just saying something that most people may be afraid to tell him. It’s no secret. Everyone sees it. You see it every time they walk by. television. You see Kyler Murray pouting. Swearing at the head coach, calling out the offensive plan. I didn’t say that. He did.
Murray had recently been seen yelling at Kingsbury on the sidelines in their 42-34 win over the New Orleans Saints.
Then, after their 25-24 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers last weekend, Murray was asked about his fourth-and-one interception, which he replied: “Schematically, we were a bit screwed up.”
Murray and the Cardinals are currently on their bye week.