Johnny Manziel got caught flipping the bird on national television against the Washington Redskins on a preseason edition of Monday Night Football, and it's going to cost him.
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the polarizing rookie quarterback has been fined $12,000 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
Manziel had a rocky performance in his second preseason game, completing just 7 of 16 throws for 65 yards, although he added a late touchdown. Following one of those incompletions, the Washington bench let him have it, and he responded with the middle finger.
Here's a look:
And Jonathan Football seemed to immediately regret the decision once he remembered he has about 72 cameras trained on him at all times, via SB Nation's Brendan Porath:
That was Browns PR guy Rob McBurnett probably telling Johnny a bunch of people took pictures of their TVs a... https://t.co/Fbi4DTAHzk— Brendan Porath (@BrendanPorath) August 19, 2014
Reactions to the incident varied. Members of the Redskins team, a bit unsurprisingly, ate it up.
"It was hilarious," linebacker Brian Orakpo told reporters, via ESPN.com's John Keim. "We were messing with him a little bit, just saying this ain't college and stuff like that. We were having a little fun. Manziel flipped us off. It was something funny. We were all laughing on the sidelines."
Browns head coach Mike Pettine wasn't nearly as thrilled, per Fox Sports' Mike Garafolo:
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 echoed that sentiment, admitting after the game, "I need to be smarter than that," as per NFL.com
Former Washington QB and NFL MVP Joe Theismann chimed in on the matter:
Johnny football needs to become Johnny grow up. Should use his right arm to throw balls not give hand signals . Not a pro— Joe Theismann (@Theismann7) August 19, 2014
What do you think of the fine?
In the future, he'll need to keep his composure better.
The kind of offseason exposure he has received is going to make him target No. 1 for opposing teams' trash talk, and this kind of reaction will only make it worse. Once players see they can get under his skin, they won't relent. A middle-finger flip is hardly a big deal, but it could be seen to some opponents as a sign of mental weakness.
Moreover, as he continues to battle Brian Hoyer to overtake the team's starting spot, avoiding these kinds of distractions would be best for all.
This is Johnny Football we're talking about, though. Distractions have seemingly become part of the package.