Cleveland Browns rookie Johnny Manziel had a rough night at FedEx Field, finishing 7 for 16 for 65 yards and a touchdown in Washington’s 24-23 preseason win Monday. Late in the third quarter, a frustrated Manziel flashed the middle finger and thumbs-up combo gesture, with the former directed at the Redskins sideline.
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[Manziel] referred to the gesture as a “lapse in judgment” and said: “I should have been smarter. . . . There’s always words exchanged on the football field.”
Cleveland Coach Mike Pettine said he didn’t learn of Manziel’s gesture until after the game, and said: “It does not sit well. . . . It’s disappointing.”
Many have suggested that this was the moment Manziel learned from Browns PR guy Rob McBurnett that his one-finger salute was caught on camera:
“It was hilarious,” Orakpo told ESPN’s John Keim of Manziel’s gesture. “We were messing with him a little bit, just saying this ain’t college and stuff like that. We were having a little fun. … Manziel flipped us off. It was something funny. We were all laughing on the sidelines.”
Orakpo, who starred at Texas, was also laughing after mocking the ‘Money’ sign that Manziel was known for at Texas A&M following a Ryan Kerrigan sack in the first quarter.
Orakpo and Kerrigan talked about taunting Manziel with the sign before the game, but Kerrigan thought better of it after his sack.
“I thought about it, but that’s not cool,” Kerrigan told Keim. “That’s not me. It would have been out of character. We talked about it before, but I chickened out.”