Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel was fined $12,000 by the NFL for his middle-finger salute he directed toward the Washington Redskins' bench.
Manziel has apologized for his actions.
The former Heisman Trophy winner from Texas A&M completed 7 of 16 passes for 65 yards and a touchdown against the Redskins in a 24-23 loss.
Two days later, Browns coach Mike Pettine named Brian Hoyer as the Browns' starting quarterback.
“It's extremely disappointing,'' Pettine said. “We talk about 'Play like a Brown.' We want our guys to act like a Brown. We want to be a first-class organization. We have hundreds, thousands of kids have 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. It's something that I know will be addressed by the league, and it will be addressed by us internally. ..
“It does not sit well. I was informed of it after the game. It's disappointing, because what we talk about is being poised and being focused, that you have to be able to maintain your poise. That's a big part of all football players, especially the quarterback. We have to keep our composure. That's something we'll obviously address.''
Manziel has owned up to his mistake.
“I just need to let it slide off my back and go to the next play,'' Manziel said. “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.”
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun