A frustrated Johnny Manziel gave the Redskins bench the middle finger during the Cleveland Browns’ 24-23 preseason loss Monday night (Aug. 18).
It took place in the third quarter of the game after a play ended in front of Washington’s bench.
After the game, Manziel explained that words were exchanged and he was frustrated, but admits he should have been smarter, especially in a nationally-televised game.
“I get words exchanged with me throughout the entirety of the game, every game, week after week,” he said after the game. “I should have been smarter, it was a Monday Night Football game. The cameras were probably solidly on me, so I just need to be smarter about that.
“I felt like I did a good job of holding my composure throughout the night, and you have a lapse of judgment and slip up,” Manziel added.
The NFL will review the tape, and the rookie will be subject to an $11,025 fine.
“It did not sit well,” Browns coach Mike Pettine said. “I was informed of it after the game and it’s disappointing. Because what we talk about is being poised and being focused — that you have to be able to maintain your poise.
“That’s a big part of all football players, especially the quarterback, that we have to keep our composure,” the coach continued. “So that’s something that we’ll obviously address with him.”
Manziel struggled throughout the game, throwing for 65 yards on 7 for 16 attempts and was sacked three times.