Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield was arrested for public intoxication, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and fleeing while in Arkansas over the weekend. On Tuesday, the 21-year-old apologized for his actions in a post on his Instagram page:
Mayfield’s statement ended with this:
“I wish I could individually apologize to every single person that I have affected. Just know that I am extremely sorry. I will earn your respect back and prove that I can handle myself in every situation, on and off the field.”
Look, Mayfield is a kid and made a horrible mistake. He should certainly be punished and I’d suspend him for a game or two for what were clearly unacceptable actions. That said, I’m willing to give him a second chance if he cleans things up and acts right.
Mayfield is a Heisman Trophy favorite for next season and the Sooners are expected to compete for a national title. This will surely distract from that quest, and will be talked about endlessly in the lead-up to next season.