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Manziel fined $12,000 by for middle finger flip

By Tom Withers

Associated Press

Published: Friday, Aug. 22 2014 10:15 a.m. MDT

Updated: Friday, Aug. 22 2014 11:36 a.m. MDT

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) walks off the field with Tyler Thigpen (4) and quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains after a mandatory minicamp practice at the NFL football team's facility in Berea, Ohio Thursday, June 12, 2014.

Mark Duncan, ASSOCIATED PRESS

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CLEVELAND — A person familiar with the penalty says Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel has been fined $12,000 by the NFL for flipping his middle finger at Washington's sideline.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity on Friday because the ruling has not been made public.

Manziel said he was reacting to taunting by the Redskins during Monday night's nationally televised game. The action didn't help his chances to win Cleveland's starting job, which went to veteran Brian Hoyer. Manziel says he has to be "smarter" on the field.

Browns coach Mike Pettine was "extremely disappointed" by Manziel's conduct and said the 21-year-old's on-field behavior factored into the team's decision in naming a starter.

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