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Updated Oct 9, 2013 - 8:30 am

Arizona Cardinals' Bruce Arians doesn't want to be included in Hard Knocks

After his first win a Arizona Cardinals head coach, Bruce Arians, right, acknowledges the fans along with team president Michael Bidwill, left, after an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, in Glendale, Ariz. The Cardinals defeated the Lions 25-21. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Hard Knocks is a highly-popular HBO football documentary that focuses on one team during the course of their training camp, giving fans an inside look at life in the National Football League.

The show recently concluded its eighth season, with the Cincinnati Bengals as the focus of the program.

Earlier this week, the NFL announced they'll be able to force teams to participate in future seasons of the program should no franchise volunteer to be featured.

Arizona Cardinals' head coach Bruce Arians wants nothing to do with it.

"I think it's a total distraction, and I think it's an embarrassment to players," Arians said in an interview on SiriusXM NFL Radio. "I think when players are released, some of the things that are said between coaches and players are too personal, and nobody else's business."

The league did offer exemptions to teams to allow them to avoid being picked. Teams with first-year head coaches, teams that have been in the postseason at least once in the last two seasons and teams that have been featured on Hard Knocks in the last decade would be exempt.

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