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Browns Rookie Quarterback Manziel Makes Obscene Gesture in Game

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Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel looks for a receiver in the second quarter as the Washington Redskins play the Cleveland Browns at FedEx Field August 18, 2014 in Landover, MD. Photographer: Katherine Frey/The Washington Post/Getty Images

Aug. 19 (Bloomberg) -- Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel faces a possible National Football League fine for making an obscene gesture toward the Washington Redskins’ bench after throwing an incomplete pass during a preseason game.

Manziel, who completed 7 of 16 passes for 65 yards in last night’s game in Landover, Maryland, raised the middle finger of his right hand as he jogged away from the Washington sideline late in the third quarter in a 24-23 Cleveland loss.

“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,” Manziel said in a news conference. “I didn’t think it was a positive.”

Though Manziel was not penalized, he could face a league fine. Cleveland coach Mike Pettine, who has said he plans to announce his regular-season starter today, was not impressed by the gesture.

“It did not sit well,” Pettine told reporters. “You have to be able to maintain your poise.”

Manziel, 21, won the Heisman Trophy as college football’s best player as a freshman and left Texas A&M after his sophomore season to enter the NFL draft.

Earlier in training camp, Manziel acknowledged making “some rookie mistakes” in the weeks after being drafted -- including reports of him attending a Los Angeles party hosted by singer Justin Bieber, photos of him lounging at poolside in Las Vegas and a picture of him rolling a dollar bill in a restroom - - though he defended his behavior as typical for someone his age.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Rob Gloster at rgloster@bloomberg.net

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