Baker Mayfield is never shy of speaking his mind and his latest comments are directed at the New York Giants and their fanbase.
While discussing the offseason trade of wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. to ESPN’s Mina Kimes — Mayfield put the Giants fanbase on blast when he talked about how the change of scenery for Odell suits him greatly because he’ll be playing in front of fans that actually shows up to games:
He sees the skepticism on my face and giggles. “When I want to stir the pot, I’ll click to see what [Colin] Cowherd’s said lately,” he says. In April, after the Fox Sports radio host said his sources had told him that Beckham was unhappy about being traded to the Browns, Mayfield snapped at him on Twitter: “Come to Cleveland and ask O if he actually likes it.” In April, he lashed out again when Cowherd listed some of Beckham’s off-the-field incidents, calling the host a “clown.” (Mayfield has an “incident” of his own on his record — in college, he pleaded guilty to public intoxication and disorderly conduct.)
When I ask Mayfield about the back-and-forth, he says it bothers him when people perpetuate misinformation about the wide receiver. “He’s here to work, and he wants to be surrounded by people who love him and support him and allow him to be himself,” he says. “He’s here to play in front of fans who actually care, who will actually show up to every game and pack the stadium and love him for who he is.” (Regrettably, the Browns do not play the Giants this year.)
It should be noted, however, that the New York Giants (4th) were ranked higher than the Cleveland Browns (19th) in ticket sales despite the horrible season.