On Monday night Johnny Football shocked the world. Not with his outstanding quarterbacking, but with his ‘flip-off’ of the Redskins bench — and it was all caught on national TV.
During the game, after being ‘verbally abused’ by the Redskins bench Manziel refused to believe in the mantra of “Sticks & Stones.” So as his only rebuttal – Manziel raised his middle finger toward the opponents’ bench as he returned to the huddle late in the third quarter of Monday night’s 24-23 loss to the Redskins.
Of course – the twitterverse blew up with new names for Manziel including #JohnnyFlipoff, #JohnnyFinger and more.
And yes, there was plenty of false outrage.
Soo Manziel is the new Tebow minus Jesus? Got it.—
jojo (@JMurphys_Law) August 19, 2014
Some even tried to examine the psychology of the situation.
Manziel's reaction shows a guy who can be messed with, a rabbit-eared player. Not a good trait for a starting NFL quarterback.—
Peter King (@SI_PeterKing) August 19, 2014
Many pointed out Manziel’s inexperience in playing in the NFL
Redskins Safety Ryan Clark says Manziel flipped off their bench after they told him "this isn't college anymore and we're faster than you."—
Kelvin Reynolds (@Fox6Kelvin) August 19, 2014
To many the finger seemed to be pointing in the right direction.
Hard to blame Johnny Manziel when even their fans have been giving the Redskins the finger since 1992.—
Brian Bolter (@brianbolter) August 19, 2014
With his first nationally televised professional game comes to opportunity to be fined by the NFL for his antics
Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 19, 2014
Some have even turned it into a money-making opportunity
A MUST-HAVE for Steeler fans for the season opener vs. Johnny Manziel... http://t.co/fQMQ69CW6h—
(@Benstonium) August 19, 2014
And yes – the moment with reality sets in and the you -know-what hits the fan!
New York Post (@nypost) August 19, 2014
But no matter what he does, there will always be the Manziel ‘homers’ (aka Aggies)
@ESPNMilwaukee Manziel is the next Tebow... Cameras, the coverage everything... Only difference, Manziel at times can throw the ball—
SaintBlitzkrieg (@StBlitzkrieg) August 19, 2014
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