Baker Mayfield’s flag planting at Ohio State following Oklahoma’s blowout win in Ohio Stadium remains one of college football’s best moments in recent memory.
The Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback planted an OU flag at midfield following Oklahoma’s big win over Ohio State in September 2017. The 31-16 win came a year after the Buckeyes’ blowout win in Norman, Okla.
Mayfield was highly emotional following the game, taking a flag from the bench and planting it at midfield with his teammates cheering.
The Cleveland Browns quarterback issued an apology for the move following the game.
“After the game, I did not mean for it to be disrespectful towards any Ohio State people at all, especially not the team or the players,” Mayfield told reporters in 2017. “They’re a great team and a great program. I didn’t mean it to be disrespectful at all. We do the flag thing at OU-Texas, so that’s just something I got caught up in an emotional win. Yeah, it should have been something I did in the locker room, so I apologize for doing it in the middle of the field.”
Mayfield admitted to GQ that he wasn’t being honest with that apology, though.
I begin to ask him how heartfelt that apology actually was, on a scale of 1 to 10, but I can barely get the question out before he answers. “Zero,” he says. He repeats himself forcefully, looking me right in the eye so that I don’t miss the point. “Zero. Absolutely not.”
Then the moment cools and the storm passes. “Which might hurt some Ohio fans’ feelings,” he says. “But I think we’re all good now.”
Mayfield added that he didn’t plan to plant the flag, but was simply filled with emotion in the moment.
“A lot of things I do are orchestrated, but things like [that], in the moment, emotionally, I’m just being me,” he said. “I worked so hard to beat them after they beat us at home the year before that I was so excited and overcome with emotion that one thing led to another. But a lot of Ohio people didn’t like me after that one.”
Ohio State fans were pretty upset with Mayfield’s move back in 2017, but many of them now root for Mayfield in Cleveland, so they’re likely not too bothered by this revelation.