Landover, MD, United States (4E Sports) – Cleveland Browns quarterback Johhny Manziel flipped the finger towards the Washington Redskins bench in the third quarter of a preseason game, which they lost 24-23.
Manziel did the gesture after an uncompleted pass to wide receiver Jonathan Krause, which happened in front of the Redskins bench.
According to ESPN, Manziel may have heard something from the Redskins that prompted him to raise his middle finger.
Manziel said there have been “words exchanged” and he could have acted smarter.
“I felt like I did a good job of holding my composure throughout the night, and you have a lapse of judgment and slip up,” he stated.
The rookie said there are no other factors to blame, just him losing composure in the game.
Browns coach Mike Pettine denounced Manziel’s unnecessary action Monday night.
“I was informed of it after the game and it’s disappointing,” Pettine stated.
Pettine also disliked the rookie losing his poise, focus and composure.
“That’s a big part of all football players, especially the quarterback that we have to keep our composure. So that’s something that we’ll obviously address with him.”
Manziel’s teammate and the man he is competing against for the starting quarterback position, Brian Hoyer, shared his thoughts.
“You’ve got to know the cameras are always on you,” Hoyer shared.
If there were really words exchanged, it would not be the first time that the Redskins mocked Manziel.
Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo gave Manziel the Drake/money gesture several times in the game.
Manziel was struggling going 5-for-13 for 49 yards and one sack, perhaps leading to the gesture.
“I should have been smarter. The cameras were solidly on me. I need to be smarter about that,” he said.