Richard Sherman to Apologize to Baker Mayfield Over Handshake Drama

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Richard Sherman to apologize to Baker Mayfield for handshake controversy

San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman will apologize to Baker Mayfield for igniting the controversy surrounding the pregame interaction between the two.

Sherman told NFL.com columnist Michael Silver after his team's 31-3 win that Mayfield did not shake his hand before the coin toss. Video obtained by ESPN on Tuesday, however, showed the two shaking hands at midfield.

"It's definitely my bad," Sherman told the Pat McAfee Show. "I never want anybody to have to deal with some stuff that they didn't do. And so, you know, the questions that he's gonna get and the annoying, nonsense questions about some stuff that happened in a game that's already been done, you know, sure he'll get an apology for that. I'll probably reach out to him via text or social media to actually get a hold of him and talk to him ... on the phone.

"He definitely deserves an apology, and that's my bad on that," Sherman added.

Mayfield said after Wednesday's practice that "it was nice" of Sherman to say that he would apologize.

"I know what I did," Mayfield said. "That's the one time the camera and something recording me has gone in my favor... I respect him and who he is as a player. Has been for a while. In no way did I mean it like that."

Though Sherman admitted his mistake, he did maintain that the feeling of disrespect he originally relayed to Silver was accurate.

"Sometimes you remember things a little differently than it happened," Sherman said. "Obviously it still motivated me the same way."

The 49ers next play the Rams on Sunday at 4:05 p.m. ET.