A bad week just got a bit worse for Johnny Manziel.
The Browns rookie quarterback received a $12,000 fine from the NFL for an obscene hand gesture during Monday’s 24-23 preseason loss to the Redskins, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Manziel extended his middle finger at the Washington bench following a third-quarter incompletion.
Manziel expressed remorse for what he described as “a lapse of judgment” in his postgame interview, particularly since ESPN cameras caught it, but Browns coach Mike Pettine wasn’t in a forgiving mood.
“It does not sit well,”Pettine told reporters following the Monday Night Football broadcast. “I was informed of it after the game. 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. We have to keep our composure. That’s something that we’ll obviously address with him.”
Two days later, Pettine named Brian Hoyer the team’s starting quarterback for Week 1 of the regular season, calling the veteran “the clear leader from the beginning” after describing the QB race as close for weeks.
Manziel signed a four-year, $8.25 million rookie deal last month, and the $12,000 fine is the equivalent of three days pay based on his $1.5 million cap hit this season. As the good folks over at ProFootballTalk point out, Manziel can appeal the fine since it amounts to more than 25 percent of his weekly salary.
Whether it’s “get money” or “give money,” Manziel’s hand gestures are all the rage.