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Arizona Cardinals remove ‘independent study’ clause from quarterback Kyler Murray’s contract

GLENDALE, Ariz. — A tumultuous and chaotic week for quarterback Kyler Murray and the Arizona Cardinals may have come to an end Thursday night when the team removed the independent study addendum from Murray’s contract after receiving significant backlash.

“After seeing the distraction it caused, we removed the addendum from the contract,” the Cardinals said in a statement. “It was clearly perceived in a way that was never intended. Our confidence in Kyler Murray is at an all-time high and nothing demonstrates our belief in his ability to lead this team like the commitment reflected in this contract.”

The inclusion of the addendum in Murray’s new contract extension first became public on Monday. The clause required him to study game material alone for four hours a week in order to receive “credits”. Murray cannot study while distracted by television, the internet or video games, the addendum said. If Murray didn’t meet the criteria, he was in danger of “defaulting” on his contract.

The backlash began almost immediately.

Both Murray and the Cardinals have faced criticism — Murray for allegedly needing a commitment to study more and agreeing to sign a contract with such a clause, and the team for feeling the need to include them instead treating her privately with his Star-QB.

Murray’s contract and addendum were among the most talked about topics when Arizona reported to training camp on Tuesday. Coach Kliff Kingsbury said he wasn’t surprised Murray’s deal included such a clause “because my husband has a quarter billion dollars,” but also said he felt Murray was learning enough.

Questions to Murray’s teammates about his study habits continued into Wednesday, but the reaction peaked on Thursday morning when Murray held an impromptu press conference after a practice session at training camp. He spoke for about 11 minutes and said he felt it necessary to explain himself. Murray called criticism of his work ethic and allegations that he doesn’t watch much or any feature films “disrespectful,” adding that “it’s almost a joke.”

Murray said “of course” he watches movies himself – “it goes without saying”. He also said he refuses to have his work ethic questioned.

“People can’t understand the amount of time it takes to play two sports at a high level in college, let alone be the first person to ever do it at my size,” said Murray, who is an Oklahoma outfielder was. “It’s funny.”

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Emma Bowman

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