KEY POINTS

  • Browns QB Baker Mayfield tweeted that he and his wife saw a UFO in Texas Wednesday night
  • He claimed to have seen a "bright ball of light" shooting straight down from the sky in the direction of Lake Travis
  • His wife Emily Wilkinson supported his claim, saying they were "confused" by what they had seen

Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield claims he and his wife, Emily Wilkinson, spotted a UFO hovering over central Texas when they were driving home Wednesday night.

Mayfield took to Twitter the following day and said he is "almost" certain that he and his wife had seen a UFO drop out of the sky when they were on their way home from a night out. The NFL star described the object he had seen as a "bright ball of light" shooting straight down from the sky in the direction of Lake Travis.

"Almost 100%, Em and I just saw a UFO drop straight out of the sky on our way home from dinner... we stopped and looked at each other and asked if either of us saw it... Very bright ball of light going straight down out of the sky towards Lake Travis. Anybody else witness this?" he tweeted Thursday.

Wilkinson supported her husband's claim, tweeting, "I won't lie... I'm typically not someone who buys into UFO talk. But all I know is... I saw something tonight that I have never seen. And I'm a little thrown off."

Mayfield's wife also took to her Instagram story to share more information about the supposed UFO sighting. She said they had been mostly "confused" by what they had seen.

"I'll be honest, we're so confused by it," she explained. "All of the sudden, a light caught our eye on the our right side, which is out my passenger window, over the lake."

"It was a big light, and it was going straight from the sky, down to the ground. "We got home, and we're just extremely confused," she added. "We're not massive believers in this, we're not nay-sayers, but we've never seen it for our own eyes, so we're just a little confused."

Meanwhile, the Browns QB's fans couldn't help but poke fun at his "close encounter."

“I just don’t like my franchise quarterback having alien encounters in the offseason. You know where you don’t have UFO sightings? The film room. Why do you think you don’t hear Tom Brady going X-Files? He’s watching tape. I mean, cmon Baker,” one Twitter user replied to his post.

Some shared their theories, with one writing, "It was a sign of all the super bowls you are bringing to Cleveland."

"I believe you man..BECAUSE I SAW IT TOO! In fact, they actually communicated an urgent message to me telepathically! They said that you should sign a fair (but team-friendly) 5 year extension that allows enough salary cap space to secure solid free agents while you're here," said another user.

 

Mayfield is far from the only one who has claimed to have seen a UFO. Data from the National UFO Reporting Center shows that UFO sightings are up 50% since the COVID-19 pandemic began in March 2020, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Last month, an American Airlines pilot also claimed that he had seen a UFO over New Mexico, NBC News reported. He reported seeing "a long, cylindrical object" come startlingly close to the aircraft during a flight from Cincinnati to Phoenix.

Baker Mayfield Cleveland Browns Baker Mayfield #6 of the Cleveland Browns walks off the field after a 26-20 win over the Carolina Panthers at FirstEnergy Stadium on December 9, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. Photo: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images