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Richard Sherman says he will apologize to Baker Mayfield over handshake drama

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Richard Sherman created a major storyline this week when he blasted Baker Mayfield for not shaking his hand during the coin toss prior to Monday night’s game between the San Francisco 49ers and Cleveland Browns, and the All-Pro cornerback now admits he may have misrepresented what actually happened.

Sherman made an appearance on former NFL punter Pac McAfee’s DAZN show Wednesday to discuss the situation, and he said Mayfield “definitely deserves an apology” after the way things unfolded.

“It’s definitely my bad,” Sherman said. “I never want anybody to have to deal with some s— from stuff that they didn’t do. The questions that he’s gonna get and the annoying nonsense questions about something that happened in a game that’s already been (played), sure, he’ll get an apology for that.”

Sherman didn’t specify when it was that Mayfield snubbed him, but it was apparently after the coin toss. Videos that surfaced on Tuesday clearly showed that Mayfield and Sherman shook hands before the toss, though Baker turned and jogged off the field after the toss in a situation where players usually exchange pleasantries again.

Even though Mayfield did shake his hand, Sherman told McAfee that the original point he was trying to make stands and that he “felt disrespect.” He downplayed the feud after it went viral on Tuesday but said he felt like Mayfield gave him a “petty shake.”

It seems obvious that Sherman was fired up after Monday’s game and wanted to make it sound like Mayfield acted more immaturely than he actually did. Mayfield may have broken some unwritten rule by jogging off the field without shaking hands again after the toss, but Sherman seems to realize he blew things out of proportion.


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