Baker Mayfield fined for “lewd gesture”

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The stare down of Hue Jackson was free. Another Baker Mayfield moment from last Sunday wasn’t.

According to Mary Kay Cabot of, the league fined the Browns rookie quarterback $10,026 for a “lewd gesture” during the game.

The fine apparently arises from Mayfield’s sideline touchdown celebration, which was interpreted as, to put it mildly, the descending of a male mammal’s testicles.

Offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens tried to downplay the incident during a midweek press conference.

“That is something in our room that is an inside deal in our room that is going to stay in our room,” Kitchens said. “It is not a big deal. I do not know. I told you guys, media tries to create controversy, right? I told you a few weeks ago. There you go. . . . I do not know what he did wrong. I do not know. I do not understand what he did wrong. I do not understand what the big deal is. He is in the middle of a football game in the National Football League. There is great emotion in a game of football, and whatever he does on the football field is on the football field, so I do not know. I like guys that have a relentless pursuit of competition, and they rally around the competition. Sometimes when you are in competition, somethings you do, you just do. You do not even know why the hell you do it, but I do not have a problem with Baker.”

The league apparently does, although Mayfield will appeal the fine. Whether he wins the appeal or not, Mayfield continues to be one of the most compelling figures in football. Here’s hoping he never changes.

38 responses to “Baker Mayfield fined for “lewd gesture”

  1. ok, so I took the time to view the video, linked above.

    “…was interpreted as, to put it mildly, the descending of a male mammal’s testicles.”

    Oh yeah? ok. if you say so.

    I think Mayfield is an immature loud mouth. But this fine makes me think he’s got the NFL’s attention and they’ve decided to rein him in. I doubt he submits without a struggle.

  2. Its great that he has ability and an attitude to win and all, but at some point hes going to have to grow up. If this weren’t the Browns, an organization that desperately needed a turn around, would many be as easy on Baker for these antics as they are? I doubt it.

  3. Was kinda rooting for this dude and the brownies who have been a league bottom feeder for decades. But this guy seems to beh getting more and more unlikeable by the week.

  4. was it a crotch grab? baker is an animal folks. browns will win the afc north next year. book it.

  5. Lewd act eh? He’s an arrogant punk and has a history of perveted behavior. He’ll eventually be suspended or arrested. Ask the Arkansas police.

  6. It was inevitable. He’s already starting to get full of himself. The next thing you know he’ll be running his mouth constantly to the media and in full-blown fratboy mode. I’d like to root for the guy but he has some serious growing up to do.

  7. Time for him to grow up.. what’s the point of acting like this? If he was black then the media would be all over him

  8. Lol… as a Browns fan for over 40 years…I love the kid and his winning. The rest is just noise! All the haters would take this kid to lead their team in a heart beat! It’s no different as if he was on a different team. I’d hate his crap too!… but I’d want him leading my team!

  9. I love the hate here. The Browns aren’t a punching bag anymore. People love it when the bullied fight back, as long as it doesn’t disturb their bubble. Guess what folks, Cleveland finally has a team, and we’re not takin’ your garbage anymore. You don’t like it? Too bad. Cry a river, because nobody here is listening.

  10. It’s dimply not an isolated incident
    Really, it’s far from an isolated incident
    What the coach don’t know but excuses in the same breath testifies to alot

    If the league office see’s cut to fine but, it’s serious enough to get a handle on
    For, for example :
    If there is future probing like an Ezekiel Elliot (NIT saying the same seriousness either),
    Then the league, (Like with Zeke), can & will use a culmination of character issues that can, (like Zeke), be very costly6ti the franchise

    Mr Baker Mayfield needs to use more discretion, beginning immeduately

  11. The competitive drive that he has is exactly what the Browns and their fans have needed. The immature antics that he has displayed since his college days….not so much.

  12. I could care less if Baker Mayfield gave a lewd gesture. NFL games feel like waiting in line to get your license renewed half the time, anyway.

    This “how darest thou!” attitude from the league kills what used to be a great game just as much as the endless commercials, baffling officiating, and political correctness. All that stuff is cranked to 11. It’s a bad mix.

  13. Fined for that? Really? It wasn’t directed at anybody on the opposing team. Obviously if it was directed at the opposition then fine him. Fine him big time! Nothing nefarious here. Thank God he didn’t jump into a Salvation Army kettle after his gesture. THAT would be a 6 game suspension! Sheesh. Over sensitivity on steroids in 2018. 2019 will usher in the patty cake era for the NFL. Participation medals for all in 2019. No more hitting on the gridiron in 2019. More ridiculous language added to the rule book so that even the Supreme Court wouldn’t be able to interpret said language in 2019. Let alone the part time officials who are actually lawyers in real life. All franchises WILL make the playoffs in 2019. All sacks in 2019 will be flagged for 15 yards. In 2019 every incomplete pass attempt will be flagged for defensive PI. In fact every pass attempt will be considered a completion. Catch or not. Punt/kick returners will be renamed ‘fair catch specialists’ in 2019. Video reviews will be even more inconsistent in 2019. Annnnd the 2019 NFL will churn out more BS excuses every week to cover up their own inconsistency. 2019 will feature the law firm ‘Doowe Dickem and Howe’ as the premiere public relation’s representatives for the NFL. The 2019 commissioner’s exempt list will be big enough to field an expansion team. In 2019 a football move will be defined as ‘any movement by any player at any point in time’ UNLESS said player is tackled within the 5 square inches between their wrist and elbow. Anything outside of that will result in a 15 yard penalty assessed on the ensuing automatic fair catch kickoff and an automatic TD! I can’t wait for 2019!

  14. have you guys seen the video of what he did? it was directed at his own coaches/teammates/friends (not the other team) and and lasted less than a full second. This is powder puff nonsense. Baker’s the future. Browns are gonna win a Super Bowl.

  15. kevines255 says:
    December 29, 2018 at 10:20 pm
    It’s fine as long as they are winning…
    No, it isn’t.

  16. LOL!!!

    He went over to the sideline and did what he did, if the camera was not on him nobody would have even seen it.

    A lot of you did like him in college and it has carried over into the NFL. You also did not think he was going to play well in the NFL but he has done well which also pisses you off.

  17. If this was directed at Hue Jackson then who hasn’t made fun of the boss, especially a lousy one? If the gesture was at no one in particular, it serves the same purpose of us against the world.

    Everyone who says grown up look at yourself. You sound like the same sort who make fun of someone working at McDonald’s (I wish I would have ….might have owned a franchise or two by now).

  18. The more I read about this guy, the more I like him. This guy has intangibles that are missing from the latest crop of run first, QB impersonators who are far too many in college.

    Once again, if there is no flag thrown, there should not be a fine for the event. This is disgusting that the NFL can’t get competent officials and to contain the penalties within the game.

    I can’t wait until some player loses his eyesight because of snake hair going into the face of the helmet. That dirty and nasty hair needs to be lopped off and banned. That hair is constantly picking up the rubber pellets from the artificial turf being used. There will be a serious injury as a result and let’s then appreciate the wonderful look of snake hair covering the entire nameplate and half of the number!

  19. You may not like his antics but can’t deny he has led a team that was won 3 games in 3 seasons to the verge of a winning season.

  20. No way that deserved a fine. The kid’s on his own sideline clowning around with his teammates and coaches after a good play. The league office is out of control and has been for some time.

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