Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield can be identified as an emotionally bold, and confident leader. Dating back to his college days at Oklahoma, it’s entirely possible that he can also be considered controversial. In this season’s early going, the Browns are failing to live up to the preseason hype and both critics and opponents are getting their digs in while they can.
After a back-and-forth with NFL analyst Rex Ryan the past few weeks, the latest person to take a shot at Mayfield is San Francisco 49ers defensive end Nick Bosa. The former Ohio State standout forced Baker into an intentional grounding penalty towards the end of the first half during their contest on Monday Night Football. After the play, he waved an imaginary flag back-and-forth while celebrating his hit on the QB.
Cleveland lost the game against San Francisco 31-3, and the blowout drops their record to 2-3. It was the first start of Mayfield’s career where the signal-caller failed to throw a touchdown pass.
An ESPN broadcaster suggested the taunt was in response to a game played between both players two years ago, when Mayfield’s Oklahoma Sooners beat Bosa’s Ohio State Buckeyes 31-16 in Columbus, Ohio. Baker’s team claimed a spot in the College Football Playoff with the victory, and the QB added insult to injury for Ohio State and their fans when he ran to mid-field carrying and waving an Oklahoma flag, before planting it on the team’s logo.
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