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October 08, 2019

Howard Eskin, Richard Sherman trade shots over Baker Mayfield 'HandshakeGate'

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San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman accused Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield of refusing to shake his hand before the game. Video evidence later showed that wasn't true, and Philadelphia radio fixture Howard Eskin picked a fight with Sherman.

Some of you may have read a story this morning about how San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman wasn't happy with Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield.

Sherman claimed that before the 49ers smoked the Browns 31-3 in Santa Clara, Mayfield refused to shake the hands of his opponents during the coin toss.


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"What’s amazing, and annoying, was (Mayfield) not shaking hands at the beginning,” Sherman told Mike Silver of NFL.com. “That’s some college s***. It’s ridiculous. We’re all trying to get psyched up, but shaking hands with your opponent — that’s NFL etiquette. And when you pull bush league stuff, that’s disrespectful to the game."

If you read about this, you probably thought a little less of Baker Mayfield, who has already had his share of irritating moments since entering the NFL.

Then someone decided to check the pregame tape. ESPN reporter Jake Trotter, who covers the Browns, found clear-as-day evidence that Baker Mayfield shook Richard Sherman's hand at midfield.

Why on Earth would Richard Sherman bother to lie about something like this? Not only did his team win, but he intercepted Mayfield early in the game. The night was a huge success for him already without needing to drag down Mayfield. 

Exposed, Sherman later clarified that he actually felt the handshake he got was a shabby shake, so it might as well never have happened, as he sees it. 

Philly sports radio veteran Howard Eskin, annoyed by all of this, took aim at Sherman on Twitter.

Sherman, not about to be bro'ed like that, fired back at Eskin. 


Eskin is no stranger to Twitter feuds with players on teams other than the Eagles. Over the last two seasons, he maintained a beef with former Cowboys wide receiver Cole Beasley, who has since taken his rapping talents to the hip-hop mecca of Buffalo. 

Eskin may have simply needed a new nitwit with which to spar. He escalated the feud with a video tweet calling Sherman a "clown" and telling him to "shut the bleep up."

The 49ers don't play the Eagles this season, so we won't see Sherman in Philly unless they happen to meet in the playoffs. We'll see if Sherman decides to engage Eskin any further. 


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