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Reports: Browns’ Johnny Manziel fined by NFL for obscene gesture 08.22.14 at 1:54 pm ET
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Browns backup quarterback Johnny Manziel was fined $12,000 for making an obscene gesture toward the Redskins’ sideline Monday night, according to multiple reports.

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Manziel extended his middle finger in front of Washington’s bench during the third quarter of Cleveland’s 24-23 loss.

Two days later he lost to Brian Hoyer in the competition for the team’s starting quarterback job.

Manziel said after Monday’s game that he had “words exchanged” with Redskins players.

“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,” he said.

 

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Browns QB Johnny Manziel gives finger to Washington sideline during game 08.19.14 at 8:11 am ET
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Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Angels at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Reds at Cardinals, 8:15 p.m. (MLB Network)
Little League Baseball: World Series, Canada vs. Tennessee, noon (ESPN)
Little League Baseball: World Series, Mexico vs. Venezuela, 3 p.m. (ESPN)
Little League Baseball: World Series, Texas vs. Illinois, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Arsenal at Besiktas, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)
Supercopa de Espana, Atletico Madrid at Real Madrid, 5 p.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel lived up to his billing in Monday night’s game against Washington, drawing attention for both his play and his behavior — and neither was positive.

On a second-and-7 play late in the third quarter of Cleveland’s 24-23 loss, Manziel rolled out near the Washington sideline and threw an incompletion. As he headed back toward his huddle, he stuck out his middle finger over his right shoulder.

“I get words exchanged throughout the entirety of the game, every game, week after week, and I should’ve been smarter,” Manziel said. “It was a ‘Monday Night Football‘ game and cameras were probably solid on me, and I just need to be smarter about that. … It’s there, and it’s present every game, and I just need to let it slide off my back and go to the next play.”

MASHUP: How should Johnny Manziel be punished for his gesture Monday night?

  • A fine (48%, 150 Votes)
  • A warning (18%, 57 Votes)
  • No punishment (17%, 54 Votes)
  • A one-game suspension (17%, 49 Votes)

Total Voters: 310

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It wasn’t clear what the Washington players said to Manziel to irritate him, although earlier in the game Washington linebacker Brian Orapko twice celebrated plays by doing the money gesture that Manziel is known for.

Manziel was not penalized, but he’s likely to face a fine from the league.

“It did not sit well,” Browns coach Mike Pettine said. “I was informed of it after the game and it’s disappointing. Because what we talk about is being poised and being focused — that you have to be able to maintain your poise.”

Added Pettine: “That’s a big part of all football players, especially the quarterback, that we have to keep our composure. So that’s something that we’ll obviously address with him.”

Manziel went on to throw a touchdown pass on the drive, but he finished the night just 7-of-16 for 65 yards. Starting quarterback Brian Hoyer also struggled, going 2-for-6 for 16 yards.

— When the Redskins next play on CBS, at least two analysts won’t refer to the team’s nickname.

“My very first thought is it will be ‘Washington’ the whole game,” Phil Simms, the network’s lead analyst, told The Associated Press.

Added Simms: “I never really thought about it, and then it came up and it made me think about it. There are a lot of things that can come up in a broadcast, and I am sensitive to this.”

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: CFL teammate calls out ex-Patriots WR Chad Johnson for lack of effort 08.07.14 at 7:57 am ET
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Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Red Sox at Cardinals, 7:15 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Tigers at Yankees, 1:05 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Cubs at Rockies, 3 p.m. (WGN)
MLB: Orioles at Blue Jays, 7:07 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: White Sox at Mariners, 10 p.m. (WGN)
NFL preseason: Patriots at Washington, 7:30 p.m. (WBZ-TV)
NFL preseason: 49ers at Ravens, 7:30 p.m. (NFL Network)
NFL preseason: Cowboys at Chargers, 10:30 p.m. (NFL Network)
WNBA: Chicago Sky at Minnesota Lynx, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Onetime Patriots wide receiver Chad Johnson, a.k.a. Chad Ochocinco, is making new enemies north of the border, and for similar reasons why he lasted only season in New England.

Johnson is toiling in the Canadian Football League with the Montreal Alouettes, and he has just four catches for 78 yards and one touchdown for his 1-4 team. Coach Tom Higgins admitted he treats Johnson differently because of what he accomplished in 11 NFL seasons, indicating that he allows him to start and “gives him the benefit of the doubt” despite his meager production.

That doesn’t sit well with at least one teammate, who claims Johnson does not put enough effort into playing hard and learning the playbook.

“We’re trying to win here,” the anonymous teammate told the Montreal Gazette. “This isn’t some [expletive] vacation league. Put the best players on the field that want to play.

“One position [receiver] has free reign to do whatever they want and aren’t accountable to anything. It doesn’t matter what they do or how they perform.”

Meanwhile, Johnson’s apparently delusional agent, Drew Rosenhaus, seems to think his client has a chance to return to the NFL.

“If they did [call], he would jump for it,” Rosenhaus told ESPN.com. “Of course, he would love it. But right now, he’s operating as a Canadian Football League player. We will see what happens. It’s not like we’re holding our breath that he’s going to play in the NFL. But he’s trying. That’s the goal.”

Added Rosenhaus: “He would tell you that he could still do it better than anybody. He doesn’t lack confidence or enthusiasm.”

MASHUP POLL: What are the chances Chad Johnson returns to the NFL this season?

  • Less than zero (47%, 183 Votes)
  • Zero (42%, 161 Votes)
  • Miniscule (6%, 23 Votes)
  • Small, but it could happen if a team's entire WR corps gets hurt (5%, 20 Votes)

Total Voters: 387

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Johnson played 11 NFL seasons, 10 with the Bengals, catching 766 passes for 11,059 yards and 82 touchdowns. But he struggled in his lone season in New England, catching just 15 passes for 276 yards and one touchdown, amid reports that he never mastered the playbook. He was cut from the Dolphins in training camp the following season after a domestic incident with his then-wife, which eventually landed him in jail. Now he’s found a home — at least temporarily — in Montreal as he tries to extend his career.

“He just loves playing football — Chad is a guy that will play football until he’s 50 if they let him,” Rosenhaus said. “He loves the game. He’s really very passionate. He’s got to do something with football, it’s just his life. It really is. All his Twitter followers are enjoying him in Canada just like they would in the NFL. It’s nice to see.”

Brian Hoyer will start the Browns’ preseason opener Saturday against the Lions, with first-round draft pick Johnny Manziel expected to get some playing time with the starters after showing improvement in practice this week.

“That was his job,” coach Mike Pettine said of Hoyer, who impressed early last season before getting injured. “He was the one coming into it. We did want to mix the groups up coming into it, as we did, but he’s done nothing to have that taken away from him, so he’ll be out there with the starters.”

Added Pettine: “They’ve both made improvement, and I think they’re both doing a great job of playing to their skill sets. It’s obviously very different, what they bring to the table. I think Brian’s starting to feel very comfortable in the pocket.”

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Johnny Manziel works to overcome ‘mental errors’ at Browns training camp 08.01.14 at 8:06 am ET
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Welcome to Friday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Yankees at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Mariners at Orioles, 7:05 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Cubs at Dodgers, 10 p.m. (WGN)
WNBA: Connecticut Sun at San Antonio Silver Stars, 8 p.m. (NBA TV)
Basketball: U.S. national team intrasquad game, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
MLS: Philadelphia Union at Sporting Kansas City, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel was not his usual cocky self during his first media session since training camp opened last Saturday, acknowledging it will take time for him to adjust to the pro game.

Manziel, who has worked exclusively with the team’s second-stringers while Brian Hoyer has taken snaps with the starters, is making progress but still making his share of mistakes as he learns a new playbook.

“I’m a rookie,” he said Thursday. “I don’t have all that stuff figured out.”

Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said Manziel will get a chance to practice with the first team “sooner than later” and that the QB battle remains wide open. Manziel said he’s not concerned with his standing at this point.

“I’m not worried about one or the other being ahead,” the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner said. “I’m worried about me making sure I know what I need to know to get out here and execute and run the offense and not have any mistakes. Once I go through a couple of days with no mental errors or getting where I need to be every single time, then I’ll feel a lot better.

“Right now, it’s me versus the playbook and there’s nothing else.”

MASHUP POLL: Who will start the majority of games at QB for the Browns this season?

  • Brian Hoyer (81%, 144 Votes)
  • Johnny Manziel (16%, 28 Votes)
  • Someone else (3%, 6 Votes)

Total Voters: 178

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— Oft-injured guard Derrick Rose is looking forward to a “new beginning” with the Bulls, who are expected to challenge for supremacy in the Eastern Conference.

Rose told the Chicago Sun-Times that he’s aware of a rift between him and the organization, and he wants to fix it.

“I know it’s been there,” he said. “I heard there were some upset people. I’m happy I didn’t personally see it. I don’t want to see that. I kind of wonder where it was coming from because it seemed like whenever I was around, everything was all right. It bothered me because when I wasn’t around, I would hear from certain people that everything wasn’t all right.”

When the team made a push for free agent Carmelo Anthony last month, Rose was notably uninvolved, skipping out on a chance to help recruit the forward, who eventually re-signed with the Knicks.

“They were irate he wasn’t there,” a team source told the Sun-Times.

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The Johnny Manziel Tour hits Fenway Park 07.10.14 at 4:33 am ET
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It was no surprise that at some point Browns quarterback — and, recently, one of the nation’s most prolific partygoers — Johnny Manziel was going to swing on by Fenway Park. He has, after all, form a relationship with Fenway Sports Group.

You know what also wasn’t a surprise? When he did show up at a Red Sox game Wednesday night he did so in the company of an entourage of attractive young ladies.

 

 

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Native American group plans $9 billion lawsuit against Cleveland Indians 06.26.14 at 8:00 am ET
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Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Braves at Astros, 2 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Cardinals at Dodgers, 10 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA: Draft, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
World Cup soccer: United State vs. Germany, noon (ESPN: WEEI-FM)
World Cup soccer: Portugal vs. Ghana, noon (ESPN2)
World Cup soccer: Russia vs. Algeria, 4 p.m. (ESPN2; WEEI-AM)
World Cup soccer: South Korea vs. Belgium, 4 p.m. (ESPN)
Tennis: Wimbledon, 7 a.m. (ESPN), 11:30 a.m. (ESPNews), 2 p.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

— A Native American group revealed plans to file a federal lawsuit against the Cleveland Indians next month, calling the team’s nickname and Chief Wahoo logo racist.

“We’re going to be asking for $9 billion and we’re basing it on a hundred years of disparity, racism, exploitation and profiteering,” American Indian Education Center director Robert Roche, a Chiricahua Apache, told Cleveland’s WEWS-TV. “It’s been offensive since Day 1. We are not mascots. My children are not mascots. We are people.”

Roche also is the director of the group People Not Mascots, which is looking to capitalize on the momentum following last week’s ruling by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office that stripped the Washington Redskins of their trademark because the nickname is considered a “racial slur.”

MASHUP POLL: Should the Cleveland Indians change their nickname?

  • No, there's nothing wrong with it (87%, 359 Votes)
  • Yes, it's offensive (13%, 56 Votes)

Total Voters: 415

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The Indians have been phasing out the Chief Wahoo logo the past few years, replacing it on the players’ hats with a block ‘C.’ But the old logo has its supporters.

“If just a small amount of people are against it, then I think you’re doing a disservice to people that like it,” Bob Rosen, president of the Wahoo Club, told WEWS, adding: “I’m not insensitive to the issue, but our 1,650 members of the Wahoo Club, anytime we have a Wahoo Club item they buy it up, they love it. Can you imagine the baseball team in this city not being called the Cleveland Indians? I can’t picture that.”

— The NFL on Wednesday agreed to a revised settlement for concussion-related claims by former players, removing the $675 million cap after a federal judge expressed concern that it wouldn’t be enough. U.S. District Judge Anita Brody will decide whether to accept the new terms.

The new agreement has no cap on overall damage claims, although it still includes a payout formula that considers individuals’ age and illness, and both sides said they expect the league will not surpass the $675 million mark on damage claims. It will cover retired players who develop neurological problems including dementia and Lou Gehrig‘s disease.

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Browns coach Mike Pettine: ‘I’m not concerned’ about Johnny Manziel’s lifestyle 06.11.14 at 10:13 am ET
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Johnny Manziel can’t escape the spotlight.

In fact, his off-field lifestyle may be a call for it.

But all inflatable swans and trips to Las Vegas aside, Manziel was on the practice field Tuesday as the Browns opened their mandatory three-day mini-camp. And that seemed to be all that mattered to first-year coach Mike Pettine.

“I’m not concerned,” Pettine said after practice on Tuesday. “I would become concerned if it was something criminal and I would be concerned if it affected his job. There’s a lot of our guys, if when they leave here if they were followed around, you’d get some very similar pictures. I don’t know about an inflatable swan, but you’d still get some pictures.”

Pettine said feels no need to monitor Manziel off the field.

“The philosophy here is that we’re not going to micromanage the guys,” Pettine said. “I was involved in an event this weekend, and if there were some cameras at certain times it probably wouldn’t have been the most flattering. It was a group of coaches out and we had a good time, but we were responsible. When it becomes irresponsible or it becomes part of breaking the law or it’s something we feel is a potential problem, we’ll step in.”

Manziel and starting quarterback Brian Hoyer will not be made available to the media this week. Manziel is listed as the team’s backup behind Hoyer, and the two are expected to compete for the starting job in training camp.

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Joe Namath on Browns QB Johnny Manziel: ‘I’d love him on my team’ 06.10.14 at 9:12 am ET
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If anyone can relate to Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel, it’s Joe Namath.

Like Manziel, Namath spent much of his Hall of Fame career, mostly with the Jets, in the spotlight. However, the on-field production was equally memorable for the Super Bowl winner.

So it comes as little surprise that Namath would defend the often-criticized Manziel. The 21-year-old has yet to take an NFL snap, but he has made plenty of news with his off-field adventures that included a trip to Las Vegas over Memorial Day weekend.

“What difference does it make, really?” Namath said in an interview on “NFL Total Access” on Monday. “And it is an example of the different eras and time. I do know this about Johnny Manziel: I haven’t seen anyone perform any better than Johnny the last two seasons on that football field.

“And I do know that we love entertainment. Football is a sport, but it is show biz. It is entertainment. And Johnny — he’s got to live his life, man. … I’ve been to Vegas, you guys have probably been to Vegas. Give the man a little bit of room. But, in his position, he’s not entitled to be a regular guy, 22 years old, 21 years old. Everything’s blowing out of whack.

“I’d love him on my team, let me just say that.”

Namath’s advice to Manziel was to avoid the media’s coverage of him.

“Johnny, you know what you’re doing, you know what your team is doing; trust in that,” he said. “Other people have a tendency to paint us as individuals and the way they see us, or our team and teammates. I’d tell Johnny, just go ahead and live his life and make sure he does what’s right with his team and society. He’ll be cool.”

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Browns RB Ben Tate on Johnny Manziel: ‘I would get tired’ of media attention 06.04.14 at 9:59 am ET
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Ben Tate is sick of all the attention surrounding Johnny Manziel. But the Browns running back claims it’s more out of sympathy than jealousy.

“It’s just as a player I know that I would get tired if people were constantly monitoring if I picked my nose, if I spit to the left or right,” Tate said after the Browns’ offseason practice Tuesday. “I mean, it’s annoying. He’s a human being.

“He’s a great football player, so I understand why he gets some of the constant media attention. At the same time I just figure at this stage he’s tired of it and he wants to come in here and do his job and try to win the starting quarterback position.”

Tate said that Manziel has received too much attention too soon in his career.

“I feel like it,” Tate said. “He hasn’t played a down in the NFL yet. … I don’t know. … That’s for y’all to figure out.”

Tate followed by taking out his frustration on the media.

“Y’all just hype everything up and make everything bigger than it is,” he said. “That’s what y’all are standing over here for, right?”

Tate added: “Y’all just want to report the fastest story nowadays. Y’all don’t necessarily check sources or see if they’re right anymore.”

Tate’s aggressive may have stemmed from similar comments he made regarding Manziel at an NFLPA event over the weekend, which led to a rant on Twitter.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Donald Sterling says Magic Johnson not a good example for kids, ‘should be ashamed of himself’ 05.13.14 at 7:40 am ET
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Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Red Sox at Twins, 8:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB : Mets at Yankees, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA playoffs: Wizards at Pacers, 7 p.m. (TNT)
NBA playoffs: Clippers at Thunder, 9:30 p.m. (TNT)
NHL playoffs: Rangers at Penguins, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL playoffs: Blackhawks at Wild, 9 p.m. (CNBC)

AROUND THE WEB:

Donald Sterling apologized and insisted he is not a racist in an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper that aired Monday, but the suspended Clippers owner made more news with his ill-timed criticism of Magic Johnson.

Sterling both praised and criticized Johnson, saying the Lakers legend was a bad example for the children of Los Angeles because he became HIV-positive due to his irresponsible behavior.

“He acts so holy,” Sterling said. “He made love to every girl in every city in America, and he had AIDS, and when he had those AIDS, I went to my synagogue and I prayed for him, I hope he could live and be well. I didn’t criticize him. I could have. Is he an example for children? You know, because he has money, he’€™s able to treat himself. But Magic Johnson is irrelevant in this thing. He didn’€™t do anything harmful to anybody and I respect him and I admire everything that he does. I’€™d like to help even more if he would offer me an opportunity to help. I like to help minorities.

“If I said anything wrong, I’€™m sorry. He’€™s a good person. I mean, what am I going to say? Has he done everything he can do to help minorities? I don’€™t think so. But I’€™ll say it, he’€™s great. But I don’€™t think he’€™s a good example for the children of Los Angeles.”

Added Sterling: “What kind of a guy goes to every city, has sex with every girl, then he catches HIV. Is that someone we want to respect and tell our kids about? I think he should be ashamed of himself.”

Johnson, who has expressed an interest in buying the Clippers — something that irked Sterling, who said Johnson initially expressed a desire to help him retain ownership of the team — took the high road, tweeting: I’d rather be talking about these great NBA Playoffs than Donald Sterling’s interview.

Clippers coach Doc Rivers was not impressed with Sterling’s comments.

“I’ll stand by Magic every day of the year because I’ve known him for a long time,” Rivers said. “Having said that, I don’t know what’s going on out there. I tried not to get involved in that part of it right now. Whatever it is, that doesn’t sound like much of an apology to me.”

Johnny Manziel leads the post-NFL draft jersey sales, with Michael Sam in second place despite being drafted two days later. Top overall selection Jadeveon Clowney ranks third, followed by Teddy Bridgewater and Blake Bortles.

“This is unprecedented for a Day 3 pick, let alone a seventh-round pick, to crack the top five rookies sold following draft weekend,” NFL spokeswoman Joanna Hunter told OutSports.com.

ESPN‘s Darren Rovell reports that Manziel has the top-selling jersey among all NFL players since April 1, and more Manziel jerseys were sold during draft weekend than those of Robert Griffin III, Andrew Luck and Tim Tebow during their draft weekends combined.

— One day after Bruins forward Shawn Thornton was fined $2,820.52 for squirting water at Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban from the bench, Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist was fined $5,000 for squirting Penguins forward Sidney Crosby during a scrum in front of the goal.

The incident took place as the second period ended. Lundqvist grabbed his water bottle, skated by Crosby while the Penguins star was on the ice tangling with a Ranger, and squirted him in the face.

Lundqvist and Thornton both received the maximum fine — which is based on a percentage of the player’s salary — the NHL can assess without a hearing.

The Rangers and Penguins meet in Game 7 of their series Tuesday in Pittsburgh.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On May 13, 1991, which two former Celtics — teammates in Boston in the late 1970s — were inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame?

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