Bhikkhu Bodhi also mentions in his introduction to the Samyutta Nikaya that some of its Suttas are likely not original, as this Nikaya was probably the basis for proto-abhidhamma since it has to do with classifications and what not in great detail. Therefore, it is possible that Suttas such as SN 14.9 were early attempts to begin exhausting possible iterations of relationships otherwise laid out, with in this case a "bizarre" result, one that the Commentaries (again as Bodhi remarks) don't even bat an eye towards.
I suggest that this Sutta is likely proto-abhidhamma, as opposed to original. Possibly we can reconcile them by suggesting that SN 14.9 expressly describes only external diversity, diversity coming from external contacts, per the name of the Sutta - perhaps this was the line of thinking?
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