NFL rookie Johnny Manziel is trying to win the starting quarterback job for the Cleveland Browns, and he's trying to show the team brass that he has grown up and matured. Well, his action in ESPN's "Monday Night Football" on Aug. 18, 2014, won't help as he raised his middle finger to the sideline of the Washington Redskins and it was caught on camera.
While running back to the huddle near the end of the third quarter, Manziel is clearly seen with his back turned to the Redskins and holding his middle finger right up in the air.
There was no mistaking what he was doing as he threw up the middle finger over his shoulder and aimed at the Redskins' sideline. The announcers didn't seem to touch on it whatsoever, but it was blatantly caught on camera.
After showing up late to a team meeting recently and months of the Browns wanting the focus off of Manziel's off-field issues; this is not going to go well.
Manziel hasn't impressed a whole lot in the preseason so far, but he did perform better in the second game than the first. He finished the night against the Redskins by going 7-of-16 for 65 yards and one touchdown. He also rushed one time for minus-one yard.
Brian Hoyer didn't play much better as he had just two completions in six attempts for 16 yards.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is likely to bring attention to Manziel's middle finger salute, and a fine is probably on the way.
The Browns ended up losing a close game to the Redskins by a score of 24-23.