Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield continues to bolster his bad boy persona by trash talking and trolling opposing teams’ fanbases. On Saturday, Mayfield was seen grabbing his crotch on the sidelines and going on an expletive-laced rant during the Sooners’ easy 41-3 win against bottom-feeder Kansas. The senior QB finished with 257 yards and three touchdowns.
Mayfield also was caught jawing with Jayhawks fans and telling them to “stick to basketball.” All his over-the-top behavior was surely fueled by a pre-game slight, as KU’s captains refused to shake his hand during the coin toss. Directly following the slight, a referee had to separate Mayfield and a Kansas player who were yelling at each other helmet-to-helmet.
The reason Mayfield’s antics are so polarizing is because he’s the Heisman Trophy favorite — here in Week 12. Taunting and unsportsmanlike behavior aside, Mayfield (also a finalist last season) has put up stellar numbers and is more than worthy of claiming the prestigious award come Dec. 9. On the season, he’s thrown for 3,816 yards and 34 touchdowns to go with just five interceptions.
But keep in mind that the Heisman recognizes the following with its candidates in its mission statement: “The outstanding college football player whose performance best exhibits the pursuit of excellence with integrity. The winners of the trophy epitomize great ability combined with diligence, perseverance, and hard work.”
Somehow, the crotch grab and curse-fest he displayed Saturday doesn’t exactly ring true to integrity.
Mayfield was quick to sincerely apologize after the game, similar to the apology he provided after he trolled Ohio State fans by planting an Oklahoma flag in the center of the Buckeyes’ field following OU’s momentous win in September.
Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley said after the game that there’s “no excuse” for Mayfield’s crotch grabbing and f-bomb yelling.
Granted, Mayfield is has more Johnny Manziel in him than Tim Tebow, but the numbers don’t lie, and it’s clear that his passion and drive to prove the doubters he trash talks wrong are a big part of his on-field success.
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