Last night was probably the worst of Baker Mayfield’s young NFL career. The former Oklahoma star’s 2019 season began with incredible fan fare, but it has been very up-and-down, and he looked completely overmatched on Monday Night Football.
Mayfield’s Cleveland Browns lost to the San Francisco 49ers, a team that appears to have taken a leap that many foresaw for Cleveland, 31-3. Mayfield was 8-of-22 for 100 yards, with three total turnovers in the game.
Things were compounded by 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman. The veteran, who intercepted Mayfield during the game, alleged that the brash young quarterback snubbed him during captains’ handshakes ahead of the game.
“What’s amazing, and annoying, was him not shaking hands at the beginning,” Sherman said, per NFL.com. “That’s some college s—. It’s ridiculous. We’re all trying to get psyched up, but shaking hands with your opponent — that’s NFL etiquette. And when you pull bush league stuff, that’s disrespectful to the game. And believe me, that’s gonna get us fired up.”
That has become part of the story of Monday night, and has helped define a coverage cycle that has not been kind of Mayfield. This morning, he was getting ripped, both for his poor play and the handshake snub, on ESPN and FS1 air.
As it turns out, though, Sherman appears to be wrong about what happened.
Multiple videos have surfaced, showing Mayfield shaking the hands of Sherman and the rest of San Francisco’s captains.
So Richard Sherman claims Baker Mayfield refused to shake his hand at the coin toss. This video seems to indicate otherwise: pic.twitter.com/4CgOsLKLPL
— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) October 8, 2019
WHAT IS SHERM TALKING ABOUT HE LITERALLY SHOOK BAKER'S HAND
BAKER SHOOK EVERYONE'S HAND pic.twitter.com/Vl5AjYt5Jv
— Cappin America (@FlammyMarciano) October 8, 2019
When asked about the videos, Sherman backtracked a bit, saying it was actually Mayfield’s quick move away from the handshakes that had him bothered.
Asked @R_Sherman25 about the video out there.
He said it was Baker Mayfield darting away after the toss that angered the Niners: "That’s it. They are making way too big of a story of a blowout. He pissed us off. We put a foot in his ass. End of story."
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) October 8, 2019
Ultimately, this was a dumb add-on to a pretty definitive story. Mayfield was awful on Monday night, he deserves a lot of flak for it, and the Browns won’t come anywhere near living up to their billing if it continues.
None of that was because of Baker Mayfield’s actions in the pregame handshake though, which look completely normal now that video has surfaced.