Johnny Manziel Will NOT Be Eligible To Play In The XFL

The massive story of the day – Vince McMahon announcing the return of the XFL – continues to roll on this afternoon with Vince McMahon’s press conference, along with more details of the league emerging. For all of those details, head over to this post that will have everything covered.

But outside of the rules and specifics of what the league will exactly be, everyone and their mother today has begun theorizing who’s going to be the face of the league. When this thing was originally reported way back in December, everyone immediately made the obvious connection between Johnny Manziel and the XFL. It’s just too perfect of a match. Bad boy Johnny who’s already in the midst of #ComebackSZN mixed with the renegade football league making its return is a recipe for greatness.
Then today, we got actual reports of the XFL wanting Johnny.

Then the question became: would Johnny be down? We know he’s working on his comeback and we know he’s negotiating with the CFL right now, but that doesn’t mean two years from now he can’t flip over and be a star in this new league.
So short answer: yes, of course Johnny is interested.

But as it turns out, Vince McMahon took all of our fun and flushed it down the toilet…Johnny will not be eligible for the XFL

Why? Well, one of the new rules, which Vince laid out in his presser this afternoon is that they will not allow players with a criminal record.

From Rovell:

McMahon also said he would preclude any player with a criminal record, which would disqualify former Texas A&M quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel.
“We are evaluating a player based on many things, including the quality of human being they are,” McMahon said. If you have any sort of criminal record or commit a crime you aren’t playing in this league.”

I guess that means Johnny will just have to tear up the CFL instead.


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