Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield seemed unfazed for him and his wife to be receiving death threats on social media, per ESPN. Mayfield emphasized that the matter was “not that serious” and “not anything new for us.”
Mayfield has performed at an all-time low since the releasing of Pro Bowl receiver Odell Beckham Jr.. He threw four interceptions in Saturday’s loss to the Green Bay Packers, ultimately, jeopardizing the Browns playoff hopes. His wife, Emily Mayfield, posted on Instagram that she had been receiving death threats referring to her husband.
“It’s crazy how much negativity is amplified via social media,” Emily Mayfield wrote in an Instagram story. “I’m still a believer that there’s more good people out there than bad, but WOW does social media make me think otherwise sometimes. Which plays into why I love to spread positivity. Our world needs more of it.
“The death threats, lies being told about my husband, and blatant DISRESPECT never ceases to amaze me.
“For the record — I pray for those of you who even think those thoughts, let alone type them out. I hope you can find some happiness so you stop trying to steal it from others.”
Mayfield’s focus is the Cleveland Browns making the playoffs
After Thursday’s practice, the media asked Mayfield about his wife’s post. While he is disappointed in the responses his wife received, he is not surprised by any metric. As matter of fact, he emphasizes he has previous experiences with this matter.
“It’s hard for me to say not to listen to it because I have quite a bit of experience of hearing a lot of opinions on the outside coming in. It’s hard when it comes down to somebody that you love and you care about,” Mayfield said. “She’s not able to change any of the outcomes to the game at all. It’s just one of those things that we are just in a world today and society that there are a lot of keyboard warriors who make empty threats and things like that. Which is quite honestly ignorant when they go after people who are not directly involved in football.”
“When you talk about taking your own life, killing somebody or all of that, that to me is ignorance. But I try not to listen to it because those are not the people who I would listen to whether it was good or bad regardless.”
Mayfield explained to the media, having this kind of mindset helps him prioritize and put things in the proper context.
“It’s tough to tell your loved ones and your family not to defend you and look into that stuff. That’s just human nature,” Mayfield said. “You have to take it one day at a time and realize that your priorities, your family members, and the people who truly matter to you, those are the opinions you need to listen to. It’s one of those things that it has blown up to be a much bigger deal on the outside.”