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Saturday, April 4, 2020

Baker Mayfield walks out of press conference after heated exchange with reporter

Baker Mayfield

Baker Mayfield and the Cleveland Browns had yet another disappointing performance in their loss to the New England Patriots and Sunday, and it would appear the quarterback is still a bit irritated with the way things unfolded.

Mayfield got into a heated exchange with a reporter on Wednesday, and the quarterback became so annoyed that he abruptly walked out on his media availability. The confrontation came after he was asked about a seeming lack of urgency from the Browns when they were in their two-minute drill against the Patriots.

The reporter Mayfield was arguing with was Tony Grossi, whom he has had several disagreements with in the past. This isn’t the first time Mayfield has become openly annoyed when asked a question from Grossi.

Cleveland has been outcoached and outplayed in most games this season, so questions about clock management and the decisions they have made in crucial moments are to be expected. We saw Browns coach Freddie Kitchens make an extremely ill-advised call late in Sunday’s game that could have resulted in an injury to Mayfield, and you knew there would be plenty of talk about that. In this case, the person asking the question probably bothered Mayfield more than the question itself.

Mayfield later took to Twitter to explain himself after walking out on the press conference. He and Grossi have a long history, as detailed here.

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