‘Disrespectful, and it is virtually a joke’

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray made an impromptu go to to the media room on Thursday to defend himself after questions on his examine habits percolated following the so-called “homework” clause in his new contract turning into public.

Murray stated that he took concern with the concept some suppose he might have made it this far with out adequately finding out and getting ready for video games.

“I really feel it’s a necessity, you already know, with what is going on on concerning me and the issues which can be being stated about me,” Murray instructed reporters. “To suppose that I can accomplish every little thing that I’ve achieved in my profession and never be a scholar of the sport and never have that keenness and never take this critical is disrespectful, and it is virtually a joke. To me, I am flattered. I need to say flattered that you simply all suppose that at my measurement, I can go on the market and never put together for the sport, and never take it critical. It is disrespectful, I really feel like, to my friends, to all the nice athletes and nice gamers which can be on this league. This recreation is just too arduous. To play the place that I play on this league, it is too arduous.”

NFL Community Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that an addendum in Murray’s new $230.5 million extension requires the QB to “full no less than 4 (4) hours of impartial examine” throughout recreation weeks. The clause states that Murray won’t obtain credit score for the impartial examine if he “isn’t personally finding out or watching the fabric whereas it’s being displayed or performed” or if the participant is concerned in actions that might distract his consideration (i.e. tv, video video games or shopping the web).

Rapoport reported Thursday on Inside Coaching Camp Stay that Cardinals proprietor Michael Bidwill believed the clause was a vital a part of the extension.

“Clearly the Arizona Cardinals, particularly Michael Bidwill believed that this was one thing that must be within the contract,” Rapoport stated. “From my understanding, the considering from Bidwill and the Arizona Cardinals group was this: We’re committing to Kyler Murray at a spot the place we perhaps really feel just a little uncomfortable going simply money-wise. I am not saying they felt uncomfortable giving him the cash, simply actually anybody $46 million-plus per 12 months. They wished some assurances that he’ll proceed to work, proceed to carry out on the stage that’s vital, and the form of stage that deserves that contract. That’s the reason this clause was in there. Kyler Murray knew it earlier than he signed it.”

Murray declined to reply Thursday whether or not he was upset on the workforce for placing the homework clause within the contract.

An avid gamer, Murray additionally took concern along with his examine habits being questioned. The 2-sport athlete, Heisman Trophy winner, AP NFL Offensive Rookie of the 12 months recipient and two-time Professional Bowler stated he would not have achieved all he has to date with poor examine practices.

“I’ve put in an incomprehensible period of time, blood, sweat, tears and work into what I do, whether or not it is soccer or baseball,” Murray stated. “Folks cannot comprehend the period of time that it takes to do two sports activities at a excessive stage in faculty. Not to mention be the primary particular person to do it ever at my measurement, like I stated, it is humorous, however to these of you on the market that consider I might be standing right here immediately in entrance of y’all with out having a piece ethic and with out getting ready, I am honored that you simply suppose that. Nevertheless it would not exist. It is not potential, in order that’s all I’ve on that.”