Johnny Football never ceases to entertain.
In the third quarter of the Cleveland Browns preseason game vs. the Washington Redskins, Johnny Manziel trotted back to the huddle after a play and gave the Redskins bench the finger.
Johnny Manziel flipping the bird at the Redskins bench https://t.co/Q2Bz2LEOJr— gifdsports (@gifdsports) August 19, 2014
Update: August 22 at 11:40 a.m. ET
The NFL has reportedly fined Manziel for his actions:
Browns QB Johnny Manziel was fined $12,000 for flipping bird at Redskins bench Monday night, per league source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 22, 2014
Johnny Manziel is still weighing whether to appeal his $12,000 fine for flipping the bird. #thebird— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 22, 2014
If Manziel appeals the fine (which is more than $11,025 minimum for the offense), could be reduced to 25% of his weekly check. Or about $6K— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 22, 2014
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Update: August 19 at 10 a.m. ET
Here's the viral Vine of Manziel finding out that his gesture had been caught on camera:
Washington safety Ryan Clark went on ESPN Radio on Tuesday morning and revealed what one of his teammates said that led to Manziel flipping the Redskins the bird, via Business Insider's Cork Gaines: "I can tell you what the statement was that set him off. The statement was, 'This isn't college anymore and these people are faster than you are.' And he didn't like it. That's the cleaned up statement, but that was pretty much what it was."
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After the game, Manziel's head coach spoke about his antics:
Pettine on the Manziel finger: "It does not sit well. It's disappointing. ... What we talk about is being poised."— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) August 19, 2014
Manziel explained what led up to the gesture:
Manziel: "I get words exchanged with me throughout the entirety of the game week after week. ... I need to be smarter than that."— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) August 19, 2014
While Manziel might have been responding to talk from the Redskins sideline, the controversial rookie will be hearing from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell soon.