The Baker Mayfield arrest was both surprising and shocking.
After being arrested around 2:30 am over the weekend for public intoxication, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, Mayfield was released at 11:23 am later that morning on $1,535 bond. The Oklahoma Sooner’s quarterback has laid low since then, though he finally addressed the issue today via a post on Twitter.
In a lengthy but seemingly heartfelt statement, Mayfield identifies the rest as “the biggest mistake of his life,” and says he is embarrassed to be around his teammates and coaches because he feels as though he failed them.
His guilt doesn’t stop there though, it extends to the entire University of Oklahoma, which he failed to represent in a positive way, and apologizes to his parents and brother for “embarrassing the Mayfield name.”
Mayfield also dedicates a large portion of the apology to the Sooner fan base and apologizes for not being the role model he wants to be for the children who watch him play.
— Baker Mayfield (@bakermayfield) February 28, 2017
Mayfield is a talented, young quarterback with a bright future.
This arrest isn’t a good luck and might be something that people are talking about, at least in some capacity, throughout the 2017 season. However, it pails in comparison to the frequent battery and domestic violence charges that have become commonplace for athletes in the public eye.
Public intoxication and resisting arrest are certainly serious offenses, but people make mistakes and deserve to be forgiven for them.
Mayfield’s apology seems sincere and he will likely be treated with grace by the fans at Oklahoma. And while that is all well and good, it’s the judge who he will appear in front of in court on April 7 that will ultimately have the last say.
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