Johnny Manziel has had a rough start to his NFL career and it isn’t even the regular season. On Friday, his wallet became a little bit lighter after the NFL fined him $12,000 for flipping off the Washington Redskins’ bench on Monday night.
According to NFL.com, Manziel is mulling whether or not to appeal the fine. If he’s successful in his pending appeal, the fine can be reduced to 25 percent of his weekly check. In other words, less than a fun night in Vegas.
Halfway through the Cleveland Browns' miserable showing against Washington, Manziel felt the pressure of the defense and rolled to his left, while trying to complete a pass. As he was running back to the huddle, Johnny Football made the quick gesture in front of millions of viewers and the ESPN camera caught it live.
Earlier in the week, Johnny Manziel learned that he was going to be the No.2 quarterback behind Brian Hoyer, and that middle finger may be a primary reason why he’s no longer vying for the starting quarterback position.
In the grand scheme of things, the fine shouldn’t be a big deal. However, if Johnny Manziel gives a middle finger to every opponent that harasses him, there will be many more fines to be accrued.
In addition, having your quarterback giving gestures towards the opposing team’s bench is not a great habit to get into. For now, Johnny will be relegated to the sideline holding a clipboard until further notice. It’s really hard to get fined while taking game notes, but something tells me there will be a “Johnny Cam” even when he’s not on the field.