It’s now come to light that Baker Mayfield’s legal saga has reached its conclusion. The Oklahoma Sooners quarterback pleaded guilty to charges of public intoxication, disorderly conduct and fleeing stemming from a Feb. 25 arrest in Fayetteville, Ark. One of the original charges — resisting arrest — was dropped.
According to Cody Stavenhagen of the Tulsa World, Mayfield reached a plea bargain on Thursday resulting in $300 in fines ($100 per charge). He still owes $483.20 in restitution and $160 in court costs.
Early in the morning of Feb. 25, Mayfield was confronted by police officers. According to the police report, Mayfield claimed to have broken up a fight and was asked to stay and make a statement. Mayfield then tried to walk away and was asked stop. At that point, Mayfield began to sprint and was tackled by police officers. He was originally charged with public intoxication, disorderly conduct, fleeing and resisting arrest. He’s extremely lucky that he wasn’t badly hurt during the incident, as video evidence makes it clear that Mayfield took quite a shot from the police officer and a retaining wall.
Last week, the University of Oklahoma announced that Mayfield would complete 35 hours or community service and attend alcohol education classes as punishment for his actions. He will not be suspended for the incident.
I’m sure we’ll all still hear plenty about the incident when football season rolls around (especially in the lead-up to the Ohio State game), but the punitive end of things seems to be wrapped up.