Oklahoma QB Mayfield pleads guilty
June 19, 2017
By STATS LLC Editorial
Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of public intoxication, disorderly conduct and fleeing following his February arrest, the prosecutor's office in Fayetteville, Ark., announced Monday.
Mayfield, 22, accepted a plea deal last Wednesday in Fayetteville District Court but details were not released until Monday.
Mayfield was fined $100 for each charge of public intoxication, disorderly conduct and fleeing. In addition, he must pay $160 in court costs and $483.20 in restitution. Prosecutors dropped a resisting arrest charge against him.
Mayfield, a 2016 Heisman Trophy finalist, was arrested on Feb. 25 in Fayetteville. Dash cam footage released in March showed police tackling him into a wall after he tried to run from the scene.
Last week, new Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley announced Mayfield would be disciplined for the arrest internally, which included 35 hours of community service and undergoing university alcohol education. Mayfield will not miss any playing time.
Riley, who recently replaced Bob Stoops as coach, feels the lesson was learned by Mayfield.
"Baker has expressed regret for his actions and backed up his apology by being a model leader in our program," Riley said last week in a statement. "He has learned from his mistake and will continue to grow from it. The coaching staff and the team has every confidence in him going forward."
Mayfield finished third in the Heisman balloting last season after passing for 3,965 yards, 40 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson won the award and Clemson signal caller Deshaun Watson was second.
Oklahoma opens the season on Sept. 2 against Texas-El Paso.
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