Mayfield Punished for Obscene Gesturing During OU vs Kansas Game

LUBBOCK, TX - Oklahoma University quarterback Baker Mayfield will no longer be a team captain and he won’t start on Senior Day when OU plays West Virginia.  OU Head Coach Lincoln Riley made the announcement Monday. 

Mayfield is a former Texas Tech Red Raider.  He was a true freshman walk-on for the team and became a starter.  Mayfield left Texas Tech on less-than-good terms in early 2014.  

Mayfield was seen making an obscene gesture during the OU vs Kansas game.  

“To the parents, I’m sorry,” Mayfield said. “It’s not anything you want your kids to watch.” 

“Actions like that don’t reflect how I feel about the team,” Mayfield said. “I didn’t lead us by example the right way.”  

“This decision was difficult,” said OU Head Coach Lincoln Riley on Monday.  “I know it’s something that’s going to get his attention.  I think he’ll handle it the right way just like he has just about everything in his career.” 

“I don’t know that I’ll ever have a player that’s as special to me as he is,” Riley said.  Riley then appeared to be holding back tears for a moment before continuing on with the remainder of his comments.

“He’s the best football player in America,” Riley said of Mayfield.  “I’m proud as hell to be his coach.”

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