“Handshake Gate” has been a dominant topic of conversation in NFL media circles today after San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman accused Baker Mayfield of refusing to shake his hand before last night’s game.
Sherman called the move “bush league” and “disrespectful to the game.” Earlier today, video footage emerged that seemed to cast doubt on Sherman’s version of events.
Whether Mayfield snubbed Sherman or vice versa, it looks like the veteran cornerback is tired of everyone talking about this. He told his Twitter followers he’s moved past the issue.
“Ppl freaking out over a handshake gave me a good laugh. I will lose no sleep over it and have moved on to the next opponent,” Sherman tweeted.
Ppl freaking out over a handshake gave me a good laugh. I will lose no sleep over it and have moved on to the next opponent.
— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) October 8, 2019
Well, good for Sherman if he’s not dwelling on it. But its a little disingenuous to say that people are “freaking out” about this when you were the one who started the whole thing.
If Sherman doesn’t criticize Mayfield to the media after the game last night, this doesn’t become a story. A longtime NFL player like Sherman had to know what was going to happen once he put those accusations out there.
“Handshake Gate” will probably remain in the news cycle for another day or two before dying down later in the week.