Colin Cowherd vowed months ago not to talk about Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield on the air.
He now says he has a responsibility to cover Mayfield since he is in the news every day of late.
The newsworthy piece for today is Mayfield’s reaction to Mary Kay Cabot’s reporting of friction between Mayfield and Coach Stefanski this season because of the offensive playcalling.
“Clickbait. You and many other Cleveland local media continue to be drama stirring reporters with no sources or facts. Don’t put words in my mouth so you can put food on your table. I’m not your puppet.”
Clickbait. You and many other Cleveland local media continue to be drama stirring reporters with no sources or facts. Don’t put words in my mouth so you can put food on your table. I’m not your puppet. https://t.co/MfHnqWk65s
— Baker Mayfield (@bakermayfield) January 6, 2022
What Cowherd Thinks
"I had said about a month ago I'm not going to talk about Baker Mayfield, but it's impossible because he's in the news constantly. I do have a responsibility to report the news."
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) January 6, 2022
He speaks highly of Mary Kay Cabot and has worked with her in the past on podcasts.
Cowherd said what others have said today; Cabot is credible and professional.
He also understands that fans do not really care about the media people; they buy the players’ jerseys and team merchandise.
So fans may think it is great that Mayfield went after Cabot on social media on Thursday refuting her story, but it really is not.
Cowherd said it is not great for one main reason; the owners, general manager, and coach do not like it.
Cowherd Also Has A Source
Like Cabot, Cowherd has his own sources, and he mentions that he has one very familiar with this situation.
That source told him that Mayfield now realizes he has lost people.
Half of the fans and the media are no longer in his corner, and he is very aware of this fact.
If he feels that way, it is unclear why he would lash out this way with not only Cabot but also by addressing the Cleveland local media in general.
Not The Best Behavior For A Franchise Quarterback
Baker Mayfield is something else. Publicly derides the play-calling + in-game adjustments. Refuses to talk to the media after the Lions game. Claims biggest challenge is “internal noise” to NFL Network.
And then calls the media “drama stirring reporters with no facts.”
— Damon Amendolara (@DAonCBS) January 7, 2022
If Mayfield wants a second chance to be a franchise quarterback down the line, other owners and general managers will remember what has transpired during Mayfield’s tenure with the Browns in the 2021 season.
Cowherd talks about how his bosses monitor his social media, and how important social media is in the professional world these days.
A positive social media footprint helped Cowherd’s daughter, who recently graduated from college, land her first job.
As Cowherd says, this stuff matters.
Cowherd’s parting words are true in any profession.
“Don’t tick your bosses off.”
That seems to be what Mayfield is doing, and according to Cowherd, he is hurting himself and the organization.