Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield has been described as “the man to beat” in this year’s Heisman Trophy race, but a moment on the sidelines in the Sooners’ thumping of the Kansas Jayhawks Saturday is being discussed as something that might impact his candidacy. And ESPN announcers Dave Pasch and Greg McElroy went in on it with both barrels. After a touchdown pass put Oklahoma up 27-3, Mayfield went to the sidelines, looked over at the Kansas sideline, grabbed his crotch and made a wanking motion:
“Look, he’s just looking at the Kansas sideline,” McElroy says. “Right there, that’s just inappropriate and uncalled for,” Pasch said. “That right there, NFL GMs are going to see that and mark it down, saying ‘That’s not what we want in the National Football League.’ It’s not what Lincoln Riley wants at Oklahoma. It’s not what we want in college football as fans. No place for that. Extra point is good, 28-3. I mean, this is, you mentioned the polarizing nature…”
Pasch then went in on Mayfield again shortly afterwards, showing another clip of him taunting the Kansas sideline:
“Moments ago, there’s some things we couldn’t, we shouldn’t show you again because of the language and the action, grabbing a certain part of his person and screaming at the Kansas sideline. But it’s stuff like that, when people see that, they can’t help but make the bad Johnny Manziel comparison.”
This wasn’t Mayfield’s only controversial moment during this game, as ahead of the game, he went to shake hands with some children who were honorary Kansas captains and was denied, leading to some back-and-forth between him and Jayhawks’ players. Confrontations continued throughout the game, including Mayfield talking to Kansas fans, which Pasch described as “I think he said ‘You have one win, stick to basketball.’ In fact, one of our camera operators heard him say ‘Stick to basketball.'”:
And this led to a bunch of people arguing Mayfield shouldn’t be considered for the Heisman:
Baker Mayfield is a classless piece of shit that doesn't deserve the Heisman trophy or deserves to be in the NFL.
This guy is bad news for any NFL team.
Dump him!#Oklahoma #Sooners
— (Dirk) (@DirkZ1) November 18, 2017
If the #heisman voters consider character, Baker Mayfield should be disqualified.
— Bradley Markham (@BradleyMarkham) November 18, 2017
Baker Mayfield disqualifies himself from the Heisman trophy. #disgraceful
— phornung (@phornung) November 18, 2017
Look, considering that this trophy has been given to players with much more problematic accusations against them, such as Jameis Winston, worrying about a crotch grab seems like a little much. But this isn’t a great look for Mayfield, and people have previously been bothered by some of his behavior, including his flag-planting move against Ohio State. So he may well lose a couple of votes, even if he shouldn’t necessarily. At the least, he certainly managed to annoy ESPN’s announcers. But hey, the “stick to basketball” comment was funny. And it’s something this Kansas fan probably would endorse: