Baker Mayfield unloads on Big 12 ‘Horns Down’ stance
Big 12 officials have said they plan to crack down on the ‘Horns Down’ gesture teams do when playing Texas and Baker Mayfield is clearly not a fan of the news
Greg Burks currently serves as the coordinator of officials for the Big 12 and he met with the media this past week and discussed several things, but none made as many waves as his stance on the ‘Horns Down’ gesture that opposing teams do to taunt the Texas Longhorns.
While speaking about the hand signal, Burks warned that a player making this gesture should expect to see a flag. And that’s already riling up plenty of people who don’t care for Texas, like Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield.
A Texas native, Mayfield has never been a fan of the Longhorns and decided to weigh in, calling those who are offending by the ‘Horns Down’ signal “mentally weak.” He also posted several pictures of himself throwing the ‘Horns Down’ while with the Browns and back in his days at Oklahoma.
Mayfield has never been shy about speaking his mind, so it’s not surprising at all to see him come down on the Big 12, even going as far as to say they’re protecting Texas over other teams.
Officials still take the stance that it’s taunting and according to some of the reactions to Mayfield’s tweet, it seems Oklahoma players are more riled up about this than anyone else. It’s also worth noting that many Texas players were quick to dismiss this as taunting, saying they simply don’t care according to Cami Griffin of Longhorns Wire.
Still, Baker has never had a problem ripping Texas and this was some low-hanging fruit for him and anyone else who thinks the conference caters to the Longhorns.