Baker Mayfield blames decision to ditch media obligation on frustration, quibbles over accountability

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Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield stiff-armed the media on Sunday, after getting booed at home in a 13-10 win over the Lions. On Monday, he met with reporters and discussed, among other things, his decision to not meet with reporters on Sunday.

“I was frustrated among other things,” Mayfield said. “I have never dodged any questions or hid away from that. So it’s not about that. Just frustrated, removed emotions and all that from it. Just decided it was best to wait.”

It’s odd that he’d say he “never dodged any questions,” given that he dodged, you know, all of the questions on Sunday.

“I think that’s what surprised us all, Baker,” the next reporters said, “is that you pride yourself on being ‘that guy’ and being accountable and stepping forward and –”

Mayfield interrupted the question.

“Not one part of that is not being accountable,” Mayfield said. “I would be the first to tell you I played like shit. It is not about accountable, and I do not owe you guys any of that; I owe that to my teammates and I talked to them so that is what matters.”

But part of the accountability comes from answering to those who serve as the liaisons to the fans. As to that specific type of accountability, Mayfield clearly was not accountable.

That said, maybe it’s better for Mayfield that he didn’t meet with reporters. In 2019, he had some ill-advised interactions with reporters. Maybe he knew that it wasn’t going to go well, so he opted not to do it.

Of course, this doesn’t make it not a violation of the relevant rules. Other players are expected to meet with reporters are a tough game. Mayfield shouldn’t get an exemption simply because he didn’t eel like talking.

15 responses to “Baker Mayfield blames decision to ditch media obligation on frustration, quibbles over accountability

  1. Baker seems like a genuine guy. He had a bad game, he is having a bad time with injuries. Just because he didn’t want to talk to reporters right after the game didn’t mean he’d never talk to them again. Especially AFTER A WIN. Media wanted to put the needle to him and he decided to skip it for 24 hours. Guaranteed the fans lived through it.

  2. Baker is struggling but he will get back to form. Be patient. Learn from what happened in San Diego with Drew Brees. . This may not be the year but it still could be. Either way I was at his Jets game debut and this is the guy.

  3. So I guess it’s obvious Baker has no use for fans,media or anybody but his teammates. Real class act.

  4. Big difference between availability and accountability. He (Mayfield) pretty much nailed it: “…I do not owe you guys any of that [accountability]; I owe that to my teammates and I talked to them so that is what matters.

  5. mandelzev says:
    November 22, 2021 at 6:51 pm
    Baker is struggling but he will get back to form. Be patient. Learn from what happened in San Diego with Drew Brees. . This may not be the year but it still could be. Either way I was at his Jets game debut and this is the guy.
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    I guess you missed Mayfield and the Jets last season. You know, the Jets team that went 2-14. One of those wins was against the Browns where Mayfield threw O TDs and had 3 fumbles. Yep, this is the guy.

  6. For someone who majored in Communications,
    he sure does a bad job at it. There was a time that players used to respect the fans. Spoiled brats like Mayfield feel that they don’t owe anything to the thousands of blue collar workers choosing to spend their hard earned pay on watching a game. If it weren’t for them, he’d be working at some news station in the middle of nowhere Oklahoma. He has no respect for the media, the fans or those who died defending the flag. Typical of his generation.

  7. As long as Baker is a Cleveland Brown he won’t win the division. He may make the playoffs, hell even win a game. That’s it tho. The Browns eat first round QB’s like squirrels eat nuts.

  8. There was a game in the 1988 season in where Bernie Kosar had a sore arm, and lost 21-0 to the Bengals and got booed by 70,000 fans. He went to counseling for the next 3 years and spent thousands of dollars to get over it. That was one game. Unless the media has been a professional athlete and knows the feeling of being booed for your job, then maybe cut the guy a little slack and respect the fact that he didn’t want to say something that he might regret for the rest of his life. Mayfield did finally address and acknowledge the fact that he played a really bad game. He’s 100% correct, he wasn’t shunning questions, he was waiting to calm down emotionally. But mark my words, nobody in the NFL plays better when they’re mad than this guy. You saw how he dismantled the Bengals. I expect a great performance against the Ravens. Looking forward to it.

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