Baker Mayfield being rude to Richard Sherman? Time to look at the tape.
After the 49ers cornerback blasted the second-year Browns quarterback for snubbing him before San Francisco’s 31-3 win over Cleveland on Monday night, several clips have emerged showing Mayfield interacting with other Niners players, including Sherman, with the handshake shade remaining unclear.
One clip, which was shown on a Jumbotron, appeared to show Sherman and Mayfield shaking hands, while another captured the interaction from another angle.
Sherman clarified that it was Mayfield’s decision to bolt after the coin toss that fueled San Francisco’s fire.
“That’s it. They are making way too big of a story of a blowout. He p–sed us off. We put a foot in his ass. End of story,” Sherman said, according to The MMQB’s Albert Breer.
Sherman, who picked off Mayfield during the game’s opening minutes, unloaded on last year’s first-overall pick, saying the quarterback’s behavior was “college s–t.”
“It’s ridiculous,” Sherman said, per NFL.com. “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.”
This isn’t the first time Mayfield has been criticized when it comes to his on-field behavior. After Hue Jackson was fired from the Browns last year, Mayfield’s former coach, who had later joined the division rival Bengals, tried to embrace the quarterback after a game last season, but had settle for a — wait for it — handshake instead.