Baker Mayfield got arrested early Saturday morning and it’s not that big of a deal.
Or Baker Mayfield got arrested early Saturday morning and it’s just another example of Oklahoma football players running lawlessly free.
You choose. Never mind the fact that the truth about the Oklahoma quarterback is somewhere right in the middle. But make a choice. Any choice. Just make it, and make sure everyone hears you.
We probably should care, at least a little that the quarterback of OU’s team, a Heisman candidate and the face of football in Norman, decided to be out in public, drunk, resist arrest and cause some sort of scene at “I-probably-shouldn’t-be-out-this-late-o’clock.”
And conversely, we probably shouldn’t be making some sort of leap from what Joe Mixon and Dede Westbrook did and land on what Mayfield is accused of doing.
Yet, here we are. ESPN scrolls Mayfield’s name across the bottom of the screen during a Saturday of basketball games and Twitter numbs the brain in an endless supply of jokes suggesting the Arkansas police officer who tackled Mayfield be offered a Razorback scholarship (Get it? Cause even the cops are fast in SEC country). The combination forces people to develop an opinion. The jokes make you take a side, based primarily on what color laundry you like to wear.
Favor OU crimson and you take to the world wide web to promote, “Hey, all college kids get in trouble. What’s the big deal?” Like Oklahoma State orange, or Texas A&M maroon and it’s like open-mic night at the Ha-Ha Hole. Did you hear the one about how Mayfield isn’t such a great scrambler after all?
“I don’t do Facebook or Twitter,” is the new version of, “I don’t watch TV.” It’s a thing people say, but don’t mean, especially when it comes to sports or politics. We care and the platform of social media allows us to broadcast just exactly how much. But when a situation like Mayfield’s arises, Twitter develops into a rapid boil and everyone from TMZ to ESPN mentions it, so sitting out a social media rumble is definitely taking the road less traveled.
It’s allowed, though.
Mayfield drank too much and talked back to the cops. He shouldn’t have done either. Both show some amount of bad judgement, at the very least. It’s a bad look for the university, considering what’s gone on recently. But Mayfield didn’t hurt anyone. Didn’t punch a girl or get involved and intimidate a witness from taking the stand in a domestic violence trial.
You don’t have to dig deep into your cerebral cortex to manufacture an opinion here even if everyone else around seems to.