Amongst other 49ers, Richard Sherman was vocal (no surprise there) about their motivation to beat the Browns due to Baker Mayfield.
Sherman noted that the Browns QB refused to hake hands with him, skipping over him during the coin toss handshakes pregame.
“What’s amazing, and annoying, was him not shaking hands at the beginning,” Sherman said. “That’s some college s—. It’s ridiculous. We’re all trying to get psyched up, but shaking hands with your opponent — that’s NFL etiquette. And when you pull bush league stuff, that’s disrespectful to the game. And believe me, that’s gonna get us fired up.”
A video posted to the 49ers Instagram account shows the incident Sherman was alluding too, and though it doesn’t seem like it was as big an ordeal as he made it out to be, Mayfield never goes for a handshake with Sherman.
I found this on the 49ers official Instagram account from their Instagram story last night – don’t see anything disrespectful from Baker here but this is a short clip. pic.twitter.com/8ZvHi4gPFC
— Daryl Ruiter (@RuiterWrongFAN) October 8, 2019
“Respect the game,” Sherman also added. “You can have rivals, but pay your respect in that moment — especially when you’re young.
“He hasn’t earned anything in this league. How many games has he won? He’s acting like he was the MVP last year. If (Patrick) Mahomes did that, it would be one thing. But he would never do that, because he has too much respect for the game.
“And when you see a guy who doesn’t? You humble him every chance you get. Because eventually, he will have respect for the league — or he’ll be out of it.”