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Former NFL star Warren Moon wasn’t thrilled about the “independent study” clause that was apparently in Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray’s extension deal.
Murray and the Cardinals agreed to a five-year, $230.5 million deal last week and the NFL Network reported that the young quarterback was to have four hours of “independent study” of game film by week. But after a backlash, the clause was removed.
Moon told TMZ Sports on Saturday that he thought the clause had racial overtones.
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“It’s something we were always accused of back when they wouldn’t let us play,” Moon said. “That we were lazy, that we didn’t study, that we couldn’t be leaders, that we weren’t smart. and just because of this deal between Arizona and Kyler.
“So yes, very embarrassing.”
Moon, a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, said that even though the clause had been removed, “the damage has been done”.
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“He’ll have that on him every time he does something wrong in a football game. They’re going to say, ‘See, that’s the reason this happened, it’s because’ he didn’t study enough movies last week, “or whatever,” he told TMZ Sports. “It’s a very unfortunate situation for him and very embarrassing for both parties.”
Murray defended his work ethic at a press conference after the deal was completed.
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“To think that I can accomplish everything I’ve accomplished in my career and not be a student of the game and not have that passion and not take that seriously is… disrespectful and almost a joke,” Murray said.