Browns' Johnny Manziel fined $12,000 by NFL for obscene gesture

(USA TODAY) - Johnny Manziel's parting gift for losing out on the Cleveland Browns' starting quarterback job? How about a $12,000 fine.

That's how much the NFL fined Manziel for being caught making an obscene gesture toward the Washington Redskins sideline Monday night, a person with knowledge of the fine told USA TODAY Sports on Friday.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the fine hadn't been announced.

Johnny Manziel gave Washington bench the middle finger

It was a rough night all around for Manziel, the much-hyped first-round draft pick who finished 7-of-16 passing for 65 yards and a touchdown in the Browns' 24-23 loss.

Coach Mike Pettine announced Wednesday the Browns were going with journeyman Brian Hoyer as their starting quarterback instead.

Manziel can afford the fine. He got a $4,318,980 signing bonus on the four-year rookie contract he signed in June and already has multiple endorsements.


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