Warren Moon is the most recent to hitch within the backlash against the Arizona Cardinals for the “independent study” clause that was included in Kyler Murray’s contract.
The $230.5 million contract extension Kyler Murray signed made him the second-highest paid player within the NFL by annual value. After he signed the deal, details leaked that the quarterback contractually needed to finish “no less than 4 hours of Independent Study each week during each Playing Season in the course of the term of the Contact.” It also prohibited him from playing video games or watching TV during those times. Many were skeptical of the message the Cardinals were sending with the clause and Murray even got here out in a press conference to defend himself after it leaked.
Moon, a trailblazing black quarterback and a Pro Footbak Hall of Famer, told TMZ that the contract detail was “embarrassing” and went back to the times “after they didn’t allow us to play.”
“It’s just an unlucky situation,” Moon said. “It’s an embarrassing situation for not only the player Kyler Murray, but it surely’s embarrassing for the organization to need to take care of this. I feel it shows an absence of trust within the player that you just even need to put something in a contract like this.
Warren Moon as quarterback of the Houston Oilers in 1993.Getty Images
Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray.AP
“It’s also a slap within the face to all African-American quarterbacks. That’s something we were at all times accused of back within the day after they didn’t allow us to play, that we were lazy, that we didn’t study, that we couldn’t be leaders, that we weren’t smart. So all those various things just sort of got here to surface after we put all that stuff to bed through the years and just for this reason deal that’s occurring between Arizona and Kyler.”
Within the surprise conference called last week by Murray, who tested positive for COVID on Monday, he said any questioning of his work ethic or preparation was “disrespectful and almost a joke.”
With the entire outcry and bad press coming the Cardinals’ way, the team quickly removed the clause from their quarterback’s contract.
“After seeing the distraction it created, we removed the addendum from the contract,” the team said in an announcement. “It was clearly perceived in ways in which were never intended.
“Our confidence in Kyler Murray is as high because it’s ever been and nothing demonstrates our belief in his ability to guide this team greater than the commitment reflected on this contract.”
The leaked contract detail could imply the Cardinals don’t have faith in Murray’s football knowledge. Moon doesn’t think that its removal will do anything to cure that notion and it’ll follow Murray for the remaining of his profession.
“It’s too late,” Moon said. “The damage has been done. He’ll have this riding on him each time he does something fallacious in a football game. They’re going to say, ‘See, that’s the rationale why that happened is because he didn’t study enough film last week,’ or whatever it is perhaps. It’s a really unlucky situation for him and really embarrassing for each side.”