Report: Manziel fined $12,000 for middle finger Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel will reportedly have to pay up for sticking up his middle finger. Johnny Manziel caused a stir during Monday night's preseason game. Geoff Burke / Getty Images North America By Connor Kiesel Aug 22, 2014 at 11:59a ET Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel will reportedly have to pay up for sticking up his middle finger. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Friday morning that the league would be fining Manziel $12,000 for his flipping of the bird to the Washington sideline during Monday night's preseason game. Manziel is deciding whether or not he will appeal the fine, Rapoport reports. The $12,000 figure is slightly more than the minimum standard fine doled out, according to Rapoport. If he were to win an appeal, Manziel could cut it in half. If Manziel appeals the fine (which is more than $11,025 minimum for the offense), could be reduced to 25% of his weekly check. Or about $6K— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 22, 2014 Manziel will begin the season as the Browns backup after the team decided Wednesday that Brian Hoyer would be the starting quarterback.