After OKC's 127-117 January 4 win over the Los Angeles Clippers, Oklahoma Sooners quarterback and Heisman Winner Baker Mayfield tried to dap up the NBA All-Star, who quite clearly didn't know who he was.
Paul George definitely didn’t know who Baker Mayfield was 😂 pic.twitter.com/MfNktUm7NU— Aaron Dodson (@aardodson) January 5, 2018
According to Brett Dawson, Thunder beat writer for The Oklahoman, George said he was used to seeing Mayfield in a helmet and didn't recognize the quarterback. He later tweeted an apology to Mayfield, who took the mistake in stride.
@baker_mayfield6 Brodie my fault! Lol didn’t recognize you ✊🏾still my guy— Paul George (@Yg_Trece) January 5, 2018
All good my dude! Good win!!!!— Baker Mayfield (@baker_mayfield6) January 5, 2018
But it has been a tough week for Mayfield, whose Sooners fell 54-48 to the Georgia Bulldogs in the Rose Bowl on New Year's Day, and the whole affair was made even more awkward because George went out of his way to praise Mayfield while speaking to The Norman Transcript in December.
"He just has that ‘it’ about him as far as being a leader,” George said. “He holds everybody accountable and he’s always ready. It’s the perfect guy if you’re a team and you want somebody in that spot. He’s the perfect guy for that."
Predictably, Twitter had some fun with the cringe-worthy meeting.
Baker Mayfield got the, "You're a customer" look from Paul George. 😂 Humbled again.— T. Branch (@tb7va) January 5, 2018
Paul George said what’s up to who he thought was some random guy in a jean jacket, but that random guy just so happened to be Baker Mayfield pic.twitter.com/4bySBSIM1G— Someone's An Idiot (@SomeonesAnIdiot) January 5, 2018
Why Paul George just shake Baker mayfield hand like he was a lil ass kid 😭😭😭— Gruden Era 🔥🔥 (@seancooper_4) January 5, 2018
It's often said that helmets are why football produces less recognizable stars than basketball, and George certainly offered some evidence supporting that notion.