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Kyler Murray addresses media as Cardinals remove independent-study addendum

(KYMA, KECY/ AP News) -It's been a war of written words between the Arizona Cardinals and their star quarterback - which has taken a huge turn.

The organization trusted Kyler Murray’s football ability so much that they were comfortable giving the quarterback a contract that was worth nearly a quarter billion dollars.

But now — after an ample dose of embarrassment league-wide — the Cardinals have also decided they trust him to study.

The Cardinals announced Thursday that they’ve removed an addendum to Murray’s $230.5 million, five-year contract that mandated at least four hours of “independent study” during game weeks.

Thursday, Murray marched up to the podium for an impromptu media session and declared that there have been no “shortcuts” to success during his football career, no matter what provisions the Cardinals included in his new contract.

“To think 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 this serious, it’s disrespectful and almost a joke," said Murray who was showing rare public emotions.

The Cardinals responded by saying “after seeing the distraction it created, we removed the addendum from the contract... It was clearly perceived in ways that were never intended."

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