Well, that was awkward.
Two seasons removed from the NFL and still at the mercy of the CFL’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Johnny Manziel is eager to get under center for a professional team ASAP. He made as much clear with a hopeful tweet to Vince McMahon shortly after the latter began his #XFL2020 live stream yesterday:
Alas, young Manziel’s timing was inopportune, as McMahon effectively seemed to shoot down the former Texas A&M star’s suggestion only minutes later during the Q & A portion of the presser.
“The quality of the human being is very important and just as important as the quality of the player,” McMahon said. “You want someone who does not have any criminality associated with him whatsoever … Even if you have a DUI, you will not play in the XFL.”
Unfortunately for Manziel, he’s suffered from consistent character issues and carries further blemishes following an indictment for a misdemeanor assault charge in 2016.
However, there’s a glimmer of hope—the charge was dismissed late in 2017. And Darren Rovell has this to say in his own tweet:
Will we see Johnny Football in the XFL in 2020? Despite Vince’s statements, this is a story worth keeping an eye on.