Johnny Manziel may have a lighter wallet soon after he flipped off the Redskins’ sideline during a preseason game last night.
Manziel, who is no stranger to questionable public behavior, gestured to Washington’s sideline after tossing one of his many incomplete passes on the night.
Given how stringent the NFL has become about punishing unsportsmanlike conduct, it’s no surprise to hear that Manziel will likely be fined by the league. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport said today that Manziel is subject to a $11,025 fine for unsportsmanlike conduct. In 2011, Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk was fined $10,000 by the league for flipping off his own sideline, an act which Hawk said was a “joke.”
In case you missed Johnny's gesture, here it is:
Manziel gave a vanilla comment about the move when asked about it by reporters after the game.
"I get words exchanged with me throughout the entirety of the game every game, week after week," Manziel said. "Should have been smarter, it was a Monday Night Football game ... just need to be smarter about that."
Browns coach Mike Pettine called Manziel’s move “disappointing” and said it displayed a lack of composure.
"I was informed of it after the game and it's disappointing," Pettine said during the postgame news conference. "That's what we talk about, is being poised and being focused. You have to be able to maintain your poise. All football players, especially the quarterback, we have to keep our compsure, so it's something that we'll obviously address."
After this gaffe by Manizel, you can bet opposing players will be trying their hardest to elicit more poor decisions from him in the future. Such is life for the most scrutinized rookie in the league.