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Manziel fined $12,000 for middle finger flip

Manziel Docked $12K For Gesture

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Johnny Manziel has been slapped on the finger.

The NFL fined the Browns rookie quarterback $12,000 on Friday for flipping his middle finger at Washington's sideline, a person familiar with the penalty told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the ruling has not been made public.

Manziel said he was reacting to incessant taunting by the Redskins during Monday night's nationally televised game when he made the gesture while running back to Cleveland's huddle.

"I had words exchanged with me throughout the entirety of the game, every game, week after week," Manziel said. "I should have been smarter. It was a Monday Night Football game and the cameras were probably solidly on me, and I need to be smarter about that."

Manziel has never shied away from other gestures on the field, notably the finger-rubbing "money" sign he made famous while winning the Heisman Trophy at Texas A&M.

Manziel expects the trash talk to keep heading his way.

"Since my name has grown bigger and people have known who I am, it just continues to go as the games continue to go on," he said following Cleveland's 24-23 loss to the Redskins. "I don't know if there is a single level of severity each game, but I know it's there and it's present every game. I just need to let it slide off my back and go to the next play.

"I feel like I did a good job of holding my composure throughout the night and you have a lapse of judgment and slip up."

His finger flipping didn't help his chances of winning Cleveland's starting job, which went to veteran Brian Hoyer.

Browns coach Mike Pettine felt Manziel should have known better than to react to Washington's insults. He wants his high-profile rookie - and Cleveland's other players - to make mature decisions on and off the field. Pettine said the 21-year-old's behavior factored into the team's decision in naming a starter.

"We talk about `Play like a Brown.' We want our guys to act like a Brown," Pettine said. "We want to be a first-class organization. We have hundreds, thousands of kids come to our training camp practices, and look up to our players. That type of behavior is unacceptable. It's something that's part of football that you have to maintain your poise and your composure, especially at that position, and he should know better than anyone that all eyes are on him."

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comfortablyxxxnumb August 23 2014 at 2:16 AM

If he thinks the taunting was bad during the Redskins game, he ain't seen nothing yet. Then the playing is for real and titles are on the line, other teams will definitely attempt to disrupt his train of thought....that is if he has thoughts other than how great he thinks he is.

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Dr. Mark Bear August 23 2014 at 5:41 AM

It's about time for "Johnny Football" to realize he is not at College anymore and that his behavior will bring forth consequences in the NFL!

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Roxanne Mcilvain August 23 2014 at 12:50 AM

Glad the Texans passed on this guy. No class.

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geraha02 Roxanne Mcilvain August 23 2014 at 7:45 PM

will wee see when they play the Texans

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REDTAG August 23 2014 at 4:16 AM

Did they change his diaper?

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katkelly57 REDTAG August 23 2014 at 5:46 PM

Just call him Johnny Pull Ups....he's a big kid now....hah!

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geeszabs August 23 2014 at 4:40 AM

NO CLASS PUNK..........WHEN HE FINALLY GETS HIT BIG......FROM SOME SEASONED PROS..........I HOPE ITS HEARD ......AROUND THE LEAGUE.....AND IN THE COLLEGE RANKS.....MAYBE IT WILL PUT A STOP TO THESE TYPE OF ACTIONS BY THESE NO TALENT PUNKS

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m14auto geeszabs August 23 2014 at 9:03 AM

Look in the mirror before you call someone names CD

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metorr m14auto August 23 2014 at 9:25 AM

Who are you m14 some guy calls Manziell a punk and you get a hair up your rear. Geeszaabs calls a group of unnamed people punks and you get another hair up your ass...seems that the work punk ticks you off . Any particular reason for that?

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jdsept geeszabs August 24 2014 at 11:59 AM

No talent? You were drafted at what number in the NFL draft? You got how many votes for the Heisman? It seems a few see quite a bit of talent in this guy and YOU?

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l.costillo August 23 2014 at 12:40 AM

maniziel should have been bench for season, not very like sportsmanship!!he will be trouble for the browns!! mark my word.

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klaude August 23 2014 at 6:27 AM

what a class act - NOT!!! he is such a joke.

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bigilaw August 23 2014 at 4:50 AM

good...... that's what u do with a spoiled brat....u punish him altho u know he is going to do it again somewhere down the road. let him use some of the bucks from all his superstar(sic) autograph signings.

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wallclimbinfool August 23 2014 at 4:53 AM

Johnny was just showing how many college graduates were in his whole family tree but couldn't count himself in that number.

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m14auto wallclimbinfool August 23 2014 at 9:13 AM

You need to read up on his family history dude. By flipping them off he was showing the additive IQ of the skins.

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redwingirish m14auto August 23 2014 at 9:51 AM

That's REDSKINS to you, pal!

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brian77 August 23 2014 at 3:17 AM

punk

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m14auto brian77 August 23 2014 at 9:03 AM

Same to you

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