Warren Moon: Kyler Murray homework clause is a “slap in the face to all African-American quarterbacks”

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Before the Cardinals forced a homework clause into quarterback Kyler Murray‘s contract, no one questioned his work ethic. Now, with the team apparently thinking he doesn’t work hard enough, others are assuming the team’s assessment has merit.

Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon, who had to start his pro football career in Canada because no NFL team wanted him, told TMZ.com that Arizona’s effort to reduce an independent study commitment to writing is a “slap in the face to all African-American quarterbacks.”

“It’s something we were always accused of back in the day when they didn’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. So all those different things just kind of came to surface after we put all that stuff to bed over the years and just because of this deal that’s going on between Arizona and Kyler.”

That would have been yet another reason for the Cardinals to realize the potential harm of insisting on a clause that made their quarterback look bad and the team look worse. Even with the homework clause presumably being dumped from the deal, the stain to Murray’s image will remain. And that fact that Murray is Black invites speculation as to whether the team would have made such a big deal about the clause if he weren’t.

“The damage has been done,” Moon said. “He’ll have this riding on him every time he does something wrong in a football game. They’re going to say, ‘See, that’s the reason why that happened is because he didn’t study enough film last week,’ or whatever it might be. . . . It’s a very unfortunate situation for him and very embarrassing for both sides.”

Indeed it is. And the real question is whether team and player can ever get past this, or whether at some point the franchise quarterback will decide he needs to continue his career with another franchise.

106 responses to “Warren Moon: Kyler Murray homework clause is a “slap in the face to all African-American quarterbacks”

  1. Well, there must be a reason behind that request. It is a slap in the face but from Kyler to all the players in the league that are doing their job properly. 230M and you still need to be brought into the classroom by the ear?

  2. Either he needed the clause, or they invented something to alienate there franchise QB. Why would they do that? They didn’t, he needed it. To say it is a slap in the face to all black QBs, generalizes and diminishes those other black QBs.

  3. This won’t go away .. every time he has a bad game you’ll hear about Studygate

  4. No question Warren wasn’t given a fair opportunity.

    The polar opposite of Kylers situation.

  5. I respect Moon, but the fact the people that the people who work with Kyle everyday and at every practice felt the need to put that in a contract tells you a lot about him. It’s not an indictment on black QB’s, it’s an indictment on Murray.

  6. Yea it’s a slap in the face for a business that’s paying their lead guy top money to ask him to act like a professional, and actually put the time in to help that business be the most successful business in that industry. How dare they!!

  7. The following black qbs don’t have that clause in their contract.

    Tray lance
    Jalen hurts
    Justin fields
    Lamar Jackson
    Jameis Winston
    Russell Wilson
    Dak Prescott

    1 QB with that clause 7 others without it. I wonder where the problem lies..

  8. Kyler Murray is to blame for the clause. He is the one who told a reporter he doesn’t study a game film in December of 2021. Murray didn’t have to sign the contract if he didn’t agree to the clause.

  9. This has zero to do with race and everything to do with a person who needs the clause in his contract. This isn’t going away for a while and I’m happy to see it blow up in the Cards face every single game.

  10. The fact that that Kyler didn’t bother to thoroughly read the contract before signing it, makes me think maybe the Cardinals were onto something when they put it in there.

  11. HE SIGNED THE CONTRACT. The only person to blame in this fiasco is his agent. The team has every right to negotiate pay, guarantees, and special clauses in their favor. Kyler and his agent agreed to the terms.

  12. Johnny Manziel would have benefited from Murray’s clause and many more clauses. It not a color issue. How many washouts are due to not being professional and not working hard enough.

  13. What’s a slap in the face is that a QB making 230 million has to be contractually obligated to do what he should be doing in order to be a successful member of his team. By his own admission, he didn’t do it on his own. Carrot and stick.

  14. Pretty sweeping generalization by Warren Moon. Maybe, just maybe, it’s the player who said he doesn’t have to study that much because he processes stuff so well on the field and can just make the play due to his talent. Talent is often a function of hard work. He’s a .500 QB to date, so let’s see if he can establish himself as a winner.

  15. Lifes hard for every race Mr Moon. 160 million and not studying is a bigger slap in the face.

  16. No. It’s not. It a deserved slap in he face to this pouting, juvenile quarterback.

  17. Wrong. It’s a slap in the face to Murray, no one else. Has nothing to do with being black.

  18. Moon had nopart in 80% of his teams losses. Murray, on the other hand, is. Moon was a professional QB, Murry is a glorified RB.

  19. It’s not about race, it’s about QB’s of any color that don’t want to put the time into studying preparation.

  20. Kyler is done in Arizona. The Cardinals have humiliated him publicly and there is no coming back from that.

  21. At this moment, Arizona is speculating that Kyler could be a top-tier QB. He isn’t… yet. He’s no Tom Brady when it comes to leadership, he’s not exactly torching offenses with his arm like Patrick Mahomes, and he’s not outsmarting teams at the line of scrimmage like Peyton Manning. This contract he signed and the clause seems to indicate they take very seriously developing him into an MVP-caliber talent. If only Johnny Manziel, or so many other high-talent guys who burned out of the league had accountability like this. The league might look different.

  22. No, just the ones that don’t prepare like professionals and expect success to just happen.

  23. Kyler has been with the team for a few years already so I am pretty sure the team knew that he had not been doing the homework.

  24. Here we go with this crap. How about you say it’s a slap in the face to all QB’s ??? Why play the race card. Could happen to any player. I just lost any respect I had for Warren.

  25. I’d take that clause and that contract all day long. Not sure what Moon is going on about.

  26. The laziness displayed by Murray that prompted the clause is an equal opportunity vice. He slapped himself in the face.

  27. Come on Moon. It’s BS comments like his that helps keep racism alive and well. There are no victims in 2022. There are those that overcome adversity and those that use it as an excuse to be less.

  28. Oddly enough, Phoenix Suns have a very similar problem with their #1 pick, Ayton. Deandre Ayton admitted to a reporter that at times he is so busy with video games he only gets an hour of sleep…before a game, even!

    Murray has no sportsmanship. He will not succeed at this level.
    Doubt me? Bet me.

  29. It’s kind of sad that you have to sit down with Warren Moon and people like him and explain this.

  30. Or he is a QB that happens to be lazy. The fact that he is black has no bearing on that. The color of his skin should be irrelevant. Players have weight clauses and target weights and bonus money tied to that weight, is that fat shaming or a necessary tool to motivate someone who has a weight problem. Kyler admitted to his lack of watching film prior to this contract. Kyler made his own bed but the Cardinals didn’t stick to making him sleep in it. That’s the problem

  31. The implication here by Moon is that blacks operate as a monolith, i.e. if it applies to one it applies to all. I don’t think that is what happened here. Kyler said himself he does not watch film. The team said we will pay you $230 mil but we really need you to watch the tape like everyone else. Kyler signed the deal with the clause in there. He had no issue with it, probably because he knew it was an issue for him and agreed to work on it, just like a player would work on his weight if he had a weight clause. It was only when the clause was discovered by reporters that this became an issue for the public, and ultimately the team. It’s the social justice folx that are incessantly searching for any offense they can raise in order to pad their virtue signaling point score. I don’t think the other black QB’s have this issue. It sounds like a personal problem Kyler has had. I’m sure he will address it and it will be a none issue. I can see how this would touch a nerve with Moon, but memories of the past shouldn’t cloud a personal responsibility issue. It’s not the same. I would be more worried about excusing the situation in favor of not offending anyone, only to see him continue to not do one of the things that successful QB’s do, and see him harm his career trajectory. I see it as constructive criticism, or tough love, more than I see it as any kind of racial issue. Just watch the film, and all will be well.

  32. The team, who know him best, put in that clause. Why does it have to be racist? Without background info it is taken to that level?

  33. I think I’ve heard a phrase “ it takes one bad apple to spoil the bunch”

  34. Lets be clear – racism exists, and as long as we focus on differences between us and not commonalities, it probably always will. (Unfortunately).

    That being said, every time that there is something that happens, doesn’t mean race is the cause of it. Warren Moon had to go to Canada and play 6 seasons in Canada – including 4 as the starting QB for Edmonton, before he got a chance in the NFL. That was racism. And when he got the chance to play in the US, he proved he more than belonged. He made the Hall of Fame.

    Kyler admits in an interview that he doesnt watch much film. His team wants to keep and develop him long term, and puts a clause in his contract requiring him to spend approximately 30 minutes a day watching film when he is not at stadium. This is not racism, and sadly is more of an indictment of the work habits that Kyler has projected.

    I have no problem when people call out clearly racist behavior, but this isn’t it.

  35. Why is Moon even bringing race into this? How absurd. Race has nothing to do with this. It seems very likely that the situation here is that Murray doesn’t work hard enough. His attitude also seems to suck. The color of his skin doesn’t enter into it, and to suggest otherwise is racist in and of itself.

  36. Is it just me or the only time you hear from Warren Moon is when he has something to say about black QBs. He probably believes that the Oilers blew a 35-3 lead to Buffalo in the playoffs because the league was holding down the black QB.

  37. Does Moon have something to say about Zion’s weight clause in his contract? Seeing how he is the expert on everything that’s fair and jaded in the world.SMH

  38. last I checked none of the other African American qbs didn’t have this Clause. and neither did Moon. You know why? because all of them including moon put in the study time.

  39. A lot of folks want this to go away because they don’t like to admit even the possibility that race might tie in. They might be right, Jamarcus Russell was known to not watch film and he flamed out pretty spectacularly. But it feels weird that Murray is the first QB to have this language attached to his contract. Johnny Manziel wasn’t studying film and he didn’t get language like this attached. We’ll see what happens when Drew Lock comes up for a contract, he’s another player that is famous for not studying.

  40. Moon should be calling out Murray for failing to do his homework concerning NFLPA / NFL player contracts before he walked in and agreed to those terms. But that would be Moon picking on Murray. Uniquely. And Murray is Black, so Moon would be slapping every Black QB, ever, in the face with his racism. That’s the way this works, right?

  41. Kyler Murray isn’t the First player to have Homework, Workout or Weight clauses in their contract. Teams are paying top dollar for top talent. They want those players to be prepared. Billy Joe Hobert QB won an NCAA Championship with the University of Washington Huskies ( Ironically the same school as Warren Moon ) He was the 3rd QB taken in the 1993 draft After Drew Bledsoe and Rick Mirer and ahead of Mark Brunell, Elvis Grbac and Trent Green. Hobert was with the Bills as a back up QB. The starter was injured and Hobert was put in the game. Hobert looked lost on the field and the Bills lost. He admitted that he didn’t know the game plan because he hadn’t studied it. There was No Homework clause put into his contract, he was cut the next morning. I don’t recall anyone mentioning Racism.

  42. So tired of these “I’m a victim” statements. EVERYTHING is someone else’s fault.

  43. I was wondering how long it was going to be before someone threw the race card out. Leave it to good ole’Warren Moon(WhoHappensToBeBlack) to enlighten us.

  44. The divide in race is more Grand Canyon than snake river, and not even Evel Kenival can span it. But only one side is fanning it and continuing to push the straw man narrative. Which leaves blacks with an excuse for any poor behavior or character issue, and Whites as the constant punching bad for dare holding anyone accountable.

  45. And if this happened to Baker Mayfield would it be a slap in the face to all white quarterbacks? How come when something happens to a black person it’s always because he’s black and not because it’s true? Are black people the only people exempt from personality flaws? At what point are we just flat out lying to not hurt anyone’s feelings? If Murray is too lazy to do his homework (and his late season fades don’t do anything to suggest otherwise) it’s because Murray is too lazy to do his homework. It’s not because black people are lazy. It’s reductionist and simple-minded to suggest otherwise.

  46. Contrary to race, this situation tells me someone with a lot of power in the Cards organization did not want to sign Murray to any contract, and demanded embarrassing language be put in the contract. The question is who was this official?

  47. The Packer game exposed Murray. He hasn’t been the same since. His reliance on athletic ability alone won’t cut it. There’s a reason pocket passing QB’s are among the all-time winners and running QB’s are not, black or white. Murray cannot be expected to put in the time to elevate his game, so his coaches (doing their job) attempted to make it conditional. Murray’s disdain for the condition will only hasten his exit. He should have accepted it as professional advice stemming from a professional perception and his coaches making a decision based on that professional observation. Respect works both ways.

  48. Back in the day, it was insulting. I agree with Moon there. It was once an assumption, and that assumption could have been wrong.

    But today, there are devices and ways to track study time. The team issues the player a device with the playbook on it, and that device can be used to assess how much time he’s preparing. If there was a disconnect between what they saw and what they expected, then they should protect the team with a so-called “homework” clause because these contracts are enormous. It would be different if this clause appeared in every black player’s contract. It didn’t. This was a very specific clause between one specific player and the team. I’m not seeing the problem here except that the team folded under public perception.

  49. Why has this thing become about race? It’s not. It’s about a guy who was slacking on the film study part of his job. Maybe the clause should not have been included in his contract,but Murray was going to be called out on it regardless of the color of his skin. ANY quarterback making that kind of money should not have to be told to do it. Warren Moon is wrong,IMO. This is not a race issue…it’s a “do what we’re paying you for” issue.

  50. Wonder why Warren Moon (Lebron James, etc, etc) aren’t talking about how there’s an over-representation of black players in the NFL and there needs to be more whites?

    Oh, wait…

    If the kid didn’t like the clause, no one forced him to sign.

  51. Ridiculous. This sounds like something unique to Murray. No one talks about any work ethic or study related problems with Lamar Jackson or Russel Wilson, do they? Those guys are known “first in, last out” QBs. Can we just stop with the race card, please? As a long time Houstonian, I have a soft spot for Moon, but this is just stupid.

  52. pioniere says:
    July 31, 2022 at 4:31 pm
    Why is Moon even bringing race into this? How absurd. Race has nothing to do with this. It seems very likely that the situation here is that Murray doesn’t work hard enough. His attitude also seems to suck. The color of his skin doesn’t enter into it, and to suggest otherwise is racist in and of itself.

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    It’s kinda what Moon does, as of late….I remember when he was defending Cam Newton from racism, that, by the simplest logic, was nothing more than fair and legitimate observations that had nothing to do with race….for the record, Cam never really benefited from these observations and continued to be the Cam that we all got to know.

  53. Murray came out and said he doesn’t need to study. The team believes correctly that he does, and so put it into his contract, which he signed and then complained about. There’s no racism involved in any of those facts.

  54. I see Moon’s point on one hand, on the other its not like that clause has been in any other black qb contact to date that we’re aware of. I think this is more of a slap in the face to Murray but he’s not the type of guy Id want as the captain of my team. he just seems really aloof and it doesn’t seem like he has the charisma to be a true leader. Guys will play for Mahomes, from most indications Lamar is a guy the team rallies behind. Kyler is just, i dunno he’s a weird dude and doesn’t ever seem like he’s really engaged in anything. Of course i only see the national stuff so there’s obvious data i am not privvy to.

  55. Why does every damn thing have to do with race? This doesn’t have a darn thing to do with color, it means he doesn’t study enough during the week and isn’t prepared the way they want him to be. Get off the race card on every topic!!

  56. Once again, we have a bunch of white guys telling Black people how they should feel about racism. White guys saying “sure Moron, what happened to you was racism, but hey, that was a long time ago and you should get over it”. Then those white guys say “things are different now”. Sure, when we just had almost half of the nation opposed to having a Black woman on the Supreme Court, things are really different.

    Moron was absolutely correct, the contract clause perpetuated racist stereotypes.

  57. “Murray didn’t have to sign the contract if he didn’t agree to the clause.”

    That would mean he read his contract and we all know he would rather be playing cod or Fortnite.

  58. I bet the Browns wish they’d put the same clause in with Johnny Manziel.

  59. That’s one possibility.

    The other is that QB Kyler Murray doesn’t study film like he told reporters last year.

  60. gibson45 says:
    July 31, 2022 at 6:14 pm
    Once again, we have a bunch of white guys telling Black people how they should feel about racism. White guys saying “sure Moron, what happened to you was racism, but hey, that was a long time ago and you should get over it”. Then those white guys say “things are different now”. Sure, when we just had almost half of the nation opposed to having a Black woman on the Supreme Court, things are really different.

    Moron was absolutely correct, the contract clause perpetuated racist stereotypes

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    Why do you assume people were opposed because she was black? Perhaps people simply didn’t like her policies.

    You do blacks a disservice by lumping them all together as if they are all the same. They are individuals with their own unique thoughts and values. Just like all people.

  61. revskip says:
    July 31, 2022 at 4:53 pm

    But it feels weird that Murray is the first QB to have this language attached to his contract. Johnny Manziel wasn’t studying film and he didn’t get language like this attached.

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    That’s because Manziel never got a second contract. He was cut after his second season and never played a down of NFL football again.

    Murray doesn’t study and got a huge, landmark contract, with people like Moon loudly proclaiming he shouldn’t be held accountable for his choices.

    Tell us who has the privilege here?

  62. Just once, I’d like to see an African American hold another accountable rather than blindly defend them by crying racism. Wonder how long it will take before people start to realize that blaming everything on racism just exacerbates the issue of racism.

  63. If we look at the 2021 regular season of Kyler Murray, playoff performance, offseason behavior (instagram, contract request, public declarations), you change the color of his skin, and the Cards would have done the same.

  64. His comments might be justifiable if Murray hasn’t said publicly that he doesn’t need to study. There is a lot of racism all over, even on this comment board but I can’t get behind these comments.

  65. This has nothing to do with race – and everything to with Kyler’s immaturity – remember the twitter post?

    Look at the last half of the season. Kyler was not prepared and his team suffered for it. Cardinal’s are not making things better by giving in every time he stamps his feet like a five year-old.

  66. gibson45 says:
    July 31, 2022 at 6:14 pm
    Once again, we have a bunch of white guys telling Black people how they should feel about racism. White guys saying “sure Moron, what happened to you was racism, but hey, that was a long time ago and you should get over it”. Then those white guys say “things are different now”. Sure, when we just had almost half of the nation opposed to having a Black woman on the Supreme Court, things are really different.

    Moron was absolutely correct, the contract clause perpetuated racist stereotypes.

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    And once again we have you, projecting your racism on white people…….Regarding your Supreme Court observation, half that same nation opposed the two white men and one white woman who were appointed in the previous five years…and the upper case “B” and the lower case “w” is real cute trick…where would you have picked that up?

  67. Murray was Kliff Kingsbury’s personal choice at QB. They ran a 1st round pick out of town for Murray. How Murray goes,… so goes Kingsbury. If Murray doesn’t do a better job of game management,… Kingsbury will pay the ultimate price,… with his job.

  68. Mark Sanchez will end up with more playoff wins when all is said and done than Kyler

  69. If Murray thought it was wrong – or racist, i’m sure he wouldn’t have allowed it in his contract

    don’t blame AZ

    blame the QB who wasnt prepared to read his own contract – and was just focused on $$

  70. I’m sure a lot of players take their books home and study on their own, we got stop making everything about

  71. How dare the Cards!

    Don’t they realize all these NFL players went to college on Academic Scholarships.

  72. Every time these type of issues come up, you white guys always say there is no racism there. But these situations are only happening to black people. So, how are we suppose to call it? And once again, once you don’t like a player, he’s a horrible player. You do know Murray has the NFL record for the highest completion percentage for the first 3 seasons of any QB. No way you can achieve that if you suck. Now you’re saying Allen is way better than Jackson because of his couple more playoff wins, woo-hoo, but when it came to Kaep and his multiple NFC championship games and SB appearance, oh but he was never any good and the league figured him out. And here we go again, why is only only black QBs get figured out.So Darnold, Rosen and the like are not figured out. See what I’m saying?

  73. Enough! Warren Moon was an amazing Quarterback. Warren Moon is a Black Man. That is all. He doesn’t have a crystal ball that allows him to see what the Owner of the team is thinking when they tell Kyler Murray to study more. Perhaps…and this is coming from a White man…the Cardinals believe Kyler Murray needs to put more time in learning the play book. Given Kyler Murray’s success (or lack of), I don’t see that he or anybody else can conplain about the clause…at least not without coming across as a whiny brat. Just my personal viewpoint.

  74. Figures Moon would play the race card. Never mind the fact that Murray said in an interview that he didn’t study game film much. But, hey, gotta keep the pot stirred, right Warren?

  75. Billy Joe Hobert was a journeyman bench warmer as a player and a dipstick human being. Murray has his shortcomings but comparing him to Hobert is pathetic.

  76. Is there EVER a situation where it’s not blamed on race? Every single situation nowadays the race card is dropped. Perhaps it’s because Kyler Murray has a track record of NOT doing his homework; perhaps it’s because he said to the media he doesn’t need to study.

    But hey let’s keep blaming white people for absolutely everything. It’s better than taking accountability right?

  77. @nite2all
    Darnold and Rosen haven’t even sniffed $230million/$160 Guranteed contracts and never will, there is no comparison. Kyler is a superior QB to both of them and being paid as such no?

    Kyler Murray stated in an interview he does not study film enough and instead relies on instinct and raw ability. HE said that. AZ has watched him for 3 years, very intimately, and clearly thinks he needs to put in more film time. It’s not rocket science, he needs to study more to take the next step for the team, something the team is paying him to do. It’s no different than a weight clause, workout clause, etc….look at Zion Williamsons weight clause in his contract, is that racist? No, of course not, it’s a clause to say here is a boat load of millions of dollars, don’t be a fat ass cause we need you on the court. Just like Murray’s clause is ‘study more, you’re flaking out and not reading defensive schemes well enough.’ Perhaps coverages they’ve even gone over on…..wait for it…..FILM!!!

  78. The phrase “we need an adult in the room” was already taken so the Cards pulled the next phrase up. Had nothing to do with race. Everything to do with maturity. KM should’ve handled the situation much more mature in the offseason. Scrubbing social media and pouting didn’t have a good look. Moon’s assesment is based on personal experience. Noted. But this is not 1990.

  79. Kyler Murray signed the contract. It’s his responsibility. I’m tired of everybody blaming the Cardinals and Murray’s agent over this. This has shown two things: Kyler’s lazy or the clause wouldn’t have been there in the first place and Kyler isn’t the sharpest knife in the drawer (even more reason to study) because he signed the contract anyway.

  80. When Warren Moon talks about how he was the victim of racism, he conveniently forgets that Doug Williams was drafted in the first round the same year that he went undrafted.

    Nobody drafted him because he had shown no talent as a quarterback. He learned how to throw the ball in Edmonton, that’s the unvarnished truth.

  81. I’m pretty sick of the race card always being played when people get their feathers ruffled. I read that the cardinals gave him blank videos to bring home to study to see if he was studying, and he lied about what was on it. All the money that they pay quarterbacks, if he isn’t doing his job description, WHATEVER COLOR HE IS, should either be demoted or have this clause in his contract to EARN the paycheck

  82. When Warren Moon talks about how he was the victim of racism, he conveniently forgets that Doug Williams was drafted in the first round the same year that he went undrafted.
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    Moon was told he was going to be a late-round pick and signed with the CFL 6 weeks before the NFL Draft.

  83. With all respect to Warren Moon, he is wrong.
    His thoughts are actually racist, and stereotypical.
    There is no, “they” anymore; no white rulers, leaders, etc.
    There is no, “they” as in black quarterbacks.
    There’s just a talented QB who needs to be pushed to excel.

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