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Johnny Football became a little frustrated with the Washington Redskins in last night’s preseason Monday Night Football matchup, so he politely offered up a one-finger salute.
With less than three minutes to play in the third quarter, Manziel flipped the bird to the Redskins’ sideline. He had apparently been jawing with them for most of the game.
A few minutes later, ESPN cameras caught the head of Cleveland’s public relations pulling Manziel aside, who most likely told him that his little stunt had gone viral and to not do it again.
The NFL’s public relations teams handle stats and media in the press box and then organize post-game locker room interviews and press conferences on game days. They almost never have a reason to talk to players during the game. The fact that some poor PR official was sent scrambling to find Manziel means that the Browns’ management is pretty pissed off about it.
Manziel looks a little ticked off, too. Like, “Damn it, I’m going to be on TV all week again.”
Redskins defensive end and former Texas Longhorn Brian Orakpo, who was considered one of the instigators of the incident, thought the whole thing was funny. He told ESPN they were just messing around:
“It was hilarious,” said Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo. “We were messing with him a little bit, just saying this ain’t college and stuff like that. We were having a little fun.”
ESPN executives probably started high-fiving each other, because this will fill a week of content for the network.
That poor Browns PR dude looks exasperated. It’s going to be a long season for him.
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