BEREA — Richard Sherman plans to apologize to Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield for getting him embroiled in a controversy over coin toss etiquette.
Sherman, a 49ers cornerback, accused Mayfield of not shaking his hand in an interview with NFL.com on Monday night after the 49ers’ 31-3 win over the Browns.
Video clearly showed Mayfield shaking the hands of Sherman and the rest of the 49ers — he even hugged tight end George Kittle — before the coin toss.
“It’s definitely my bad,” Sherman told “The Pat McAfee Show” on Wednesday morning. “I never want anybody to have to deal with some sh– that — I mean some stuff — that they didn’t do.
“And so, you know, the questions that he’s gonna get and the annoying, nonsense questions about some stuff that happened in a game that’s already been done, you know, sure he’ll get an apology for that. I’ll probably reach out to him via text or social media to actually get a hold of him and talk to him in person, I mean on the phone. But, yeah, because that sucks. Yeah, yeah, he definitely deserves an apology, and that’s my bad on that.”
Sherman tweeted Tuesday he wasn’t satisfied with Mayfield’s demeanor during the whole pregame ritual. Mayfield ran toward the sideline right after the coin toss rather than participating in another round of handshakes.
“So you don’t see any difference in the way I shake everyone else’s hand and the guy who stands back with the petty shake,” Sherman tweeted in reply to McAfee. “Was Bs and I took offense to it then turns and runs off. It’s not that big of a deal.”
McAfee asked Sherman whether he would’ve handled his interview with Silver differently.
“I may have phrased it differently, but I meant what I said,” Sherman told McAfee, per ProFootballTalk. “I did feel the disrespect. … I felt disrespect and at the end of the day that’s all the story was, really. Like, people can say, ‘Oh my God, he shook your hand’ or ‘Oh my God you were wrong.’ You can say whatever you want. I don’t give a damn.”