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Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray took in the Phoenix Suns vs. Golden State Warriors game on Thursday night.
People can’t stop talking about his hat choice for the game.
Murray wore a green Oakland Athletics baseball cap for the game, which was played at Phoenix Suns Arena.
Was he just wearing a hat or was he trying to send some kind of message?
People had very different opinions on the matter.
Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio wrote a story about it, saying that Murray’s hat choice “created a stir.”
Murray was drafted by the Athletics in the MLB draft in 2018 (No. 9 overall), before getting picked by the Arizona Cardinals in the 2019 NFL draft (No. 1 overall) and playing football.
Florio wrote: “The vast majority of pro athletes don’t have the leverage that comes from the ability to player another sport at the highest level. If/when Murray decides (whether because he doesn’t like his NFL contract or because he’s simply had his fill of football) to leave football for baseball, he can do it — and the A’s or some other team surely would embrace him. Currently, Murray would have to cut a check to the Cardinals in the amount of $11.6 million, if he’d walk away. Next year, the bonus forfeiture would become only $5.8 million. The next year (barring a contract extension), Murray can leave the Cardinals with no financial consequence. It’s highly unlikely that it will happen. For most players, however, it’s an impossibility. For Murray, it’s at least on the radar screen.”
Florio further discussed the hat situation with NBC Sports’ Peter King in a video inside his story.
The title of the video? “Why Florio thinks Murray is considering MLB move.”
He said: “When you have elite baseball skills, there is going to be a lingering temptation. If you just think football isn’t what I thought it was going to be and you can walk right into another major league spot at the highest possible level and off you go. That’s a hell of a temptation. Most football players don’t have that option.”
Peter King then went on to “add to the general mayhem of this” by sharing a story about how Athletics GM Billy Beane choice Kyler Murray in his fantasy football draft a couple of years ago.
“The bridge has not been burned in Oakland,” King said. “They are not upset at Kyler Murray. I do believe that if one day Kyler Murray showed up at spring training and said ‘hey, let’s go’ that he would have a chance. Now, I still think it’s unlikely … but, never say never and especially because Kyler Murray, the one thing about him is, he was always fascinated about baseball because he always knew that if he devoted all his energies to it, he’d have a really good chance.”
Murray has expressed a desire to play both football and baseball multiple times.
Last month, he told Dan Patrick that not playing for the Athletics was very difficult.
“That was the hardest decision I ever had to make,” Murray told The Dan Patrick Show. “It honestly took me a long time to figure out what I was going to do.”
“It was hard for me to tell (the A’s) I’m not coming to play for them after I already told them I was going to.”
Murray said that he even thought to himself “You should have just played baseball” after his tough first half against the Lions in his first NFL game.
When asked if baseball was still a possibility by Patrick, Murray said: “As far as my ability goes, yeah. I don’t know how the contract works and stuff like that, but yeah.”
Fans sound off on Kyler Murray’s hat choice
There were very different reactions to Murray’s hat choice on social media, with many saying he was just wearing the hat of a team that had drafted him, but some others wondering if he had ulterior motives.
What do you think?