CLEVELAND — It appears "Handshakegate" will reach a peaceful resolution, and without a single congressional hearing, whistleblower or protest in the streets.
Sherman said he will apologize to Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield after claiming Mayfield snubbed him during the pre-game handshake Monday night, despite video evidence to the contrary.
“I’ll probably reach out to him via text or social media to actually get ahold of him — he definitely deserves an apology, and that’s my bad,” Sherman reportedly said on the Pat McAfee show.
Richard Sherman says he'll apologize to Baker Mayfield 🤝 pic.twitter.com/F010rjxKJY— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) October 9, 2019
Video of 49ers and Browns players meeting at midfield before the coin toss Monday shows Sherman shaking all of the players hands, including Mayfield.
After the game, Sherman told NFL.com that he was annoyed Mayfield didn't shake his hand at the beginning of the game.
"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. And believe me, that's gonna get us fired up," Sherman said.
Sherman took to Twitter to call users out for not believing his claims. Many of his tweets were later deleted. After video of the handshake surfaced, Sherman walked back his claims, saying it was a "petty shake."
So you don’t see any difference in the way I shake everyone else’s hand and the guy who stands back with the petty shake. Was Bs and I took offense to it then turns and runs off. It’s not that big of a deal.— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) October 8, 2019
The Browns lost to the 49ers 3 to 31, in a game that had former Buckeye Nick Bosa exacting revenge on Mayfield for his infamous flag plant during his college days with the Oklahoma Sooners.