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Baker Mayfield Reaches Plea Deal After Being Tackled And Arrested By Police

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Oklahoma quarterback and 2016 Heisman finalist Baker Mayfield pleaded guilty Monday morning to charges of public intoxication, disorderly conduct, and fleeing, according to ESPN. Prosecutors dropped his resisting arrest charge, the most serious one, after Mayfield agreed to a plea deal last week.

The quarterback’s charges stem from a Feb. 25 incident in Fayetteville, Ark., in which a drunken Mayfield was questioned by police for his role in an alleged fight—the Fayetteville District Court report stated that Mayfield claimed to be breaking up the altercation. After questioning, Mayfield was in the midst of a sidewalk sobriety test when he attempted to run from the four responding police officers; they responded by slamming him into a retaining wall and handcuffing him.

Mayfield reached a plea bargain on June 14 that required him to pay $943.20, per the Norman Transcript—$100 per charge, $160 in court fees, and $483.20 in restitution. Oklahoma announced last week that he will not be benched as punishment, instead requiring him to take a university-run alcohol-education class and perform 35 hours of community service before the Sooners take the field for the 2017 season.


While his sluggish first steps in the above video may indicate otherwise, Mayfield was sensational last season, leading the Sooners to an 11-2 mark, including a win against Auburn in the Sugar Bowl. The then-redshirt junior completed 70.9 percent of his passes in 2016, tossing 40 touchdowns to eight interceptions; he finished third in the Heisman voting to winner Lamar Jackson and runner-up Deshaun Watson.

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