Clark: 'This isn't college any more' caused Manziel middle finger

Ryan Clark explains why Johnny Manziel flashed the bird.
Ryan Clark explains Johnny Manziel's middle finger. (USATSI)

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On Monday night, Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel managed to create the single easiest day of sports radio ever thanks to getting caught by ESPN cameras flicking off the Redskins sideline.

It would still be fun to know why Manziel did that, outside of his "words were exchanged" comment after the game. Redskins safety Ryan Clark appeared on Mike & Mike Tuesday morning and claimed to know.

"I can tell you what the statement was that set him off. The statement was … This isn’t college any more and these people are faster than you are," Clark said. "He didn’t like it. That was me cleaning up the statement but that’s pretty close to what it was."

Huh. Kind of expected more than that to be honest.

Like, Johnny Football is passionate, sure. And he has swagger and flair and gusto and all those things.

But if someone talking smack about the NFL not being college -- which is, by the way, the actual reality of the situation! -- causes you to fire the bird their way, what are you gonna do when people start talking about your family and your mom and your girlfriend or wife.

Don't wanna go full #HotSportsTake here or anything, but the lack of composure and awareness is pretty apparent. 

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Will Brinson joined CBS Sports in 2010 and enters his seventh season covering the NFL for CBS. He previously wrote for FanHouse along with myriad other Internet sites. A North Carolina native who lives... Full Bio

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