Once and for all, let's put an end to #HandShakeGate or #DapGate or whatever hashtag you want to use. Richard Sherman himself seemed to put an end to the nonsense -- which he created -- when talking to the media Thursday.
The 49ers' veteran cornerback said he has spoken to Baker Mayfield about the incident, where Sherman created headlines saying the Browns quarterback didn't shake his hand before San Francisco's 31-3 win over Cleveland on Monday night.
"I spoke to Baker about it, we cleared it up," Sherman told reporters. "He's good, I'm good."
Sherman, now in his ninth pro season, admitted players can conjure things in their mind for motivation. This certainly isn't the first time he has done so and it won't be the last.
But Sherman is sticking to his story. When he said Mayfield didn't shake his hand during the pregame coin toss, the 31-year-old truly believes he thought that's what happened.
At least, that's what he says.
"That's what I thought happened," Sherman says. "That's what I remembered happening. He stood back and I said it the way I remembered it happening. I took it as disrespect and I took it out on him, as I should."
Sherman has heard the jokes, he's seen your tweets. There's one thing that's clear as he tries to move on from his mistake: He couldn't care less what you think.
[RELATED: Sherman to the world: 'Don’t judge a book by its cover']
"No, I don't feel any embarrassment. I don't really care at all," he said.
SANTA CLARA – The statue of legendary 49ers quarterback Joe Montana outside Levi’s Stadium was vandalized on Monday night following San Francisco's 27-24 overtime loss to the Seattle Seahawks, according to authorities.
Jorge Alberto Lopez of Santa Clara was booked into Santa Clara County Jail on a charge of felony vandalism, Santa Clara Police announced in a press release.
According to the report, a security officer at Levi’s Stadium witnessed Lopez grab the facemask of the statue and pull it off. The suspect was arrested at 9:50 p.m. on Monday.
The 49ers released the following statement on Wednesday:
“The Joe Montana statue that is part of the ‘The Catch’ art installation located inside the stadium’s Gate A plaza was vandalized following our recent Monday Night Football game. Security personnel apprehended the individual soon thereafter and the Santa Clara Police Department arrested the individual on felony vandalism charges. Crews have already begun repairs on the statue and expect work to be complete prior to Sunday’s home game. As this is an ongoing police matter, we will not have any additional comment.”
[RELATED: Bosa lost for first time in two years in 49ers' MNF defeat]
The statue of Montana was dedicated last October and is accompanied by a statue of Dwight Clark making the leaping catch in the 1981 NFC Championship Game that lifted the 49ers to their first Super Bowl. The statue has since been repaired.
49ers rookie sensation Nick Bosa experienced something Monday night that the 22-year-old hasn’t faced in over two years.
He lost a game.
That’s right, the defensive end hadn’t suffered defeat prior to San Francisco's loss to the Seahawks on Monday night since his sophomore season at Ohio State.
That game was especially rough for Bosa, as he was ejected in the second quarter after a pretty blatant targeting penalty for a hit on Iowa's quarterback.
Bosa’s Buckeyes won the first three games of 2018 before he injured his knee and missed the final 11 games of his collegiate career.
[RELATED: 49ers clarify Kittle not officially ruled out vs. Cardinals]
The 49ers hope to restart Bosa’s winning streak Sunday when they take on the Arizona Cardinals at Levi’s Stadium.