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Johnny Manziel teases with XFL tweet, then explains with follow-up

Johnny Manziel made it a point to stir up the football masses over the weekend with a tweet suggesting he was interested in playing in the XFL.

It didn’t last long.

“Oliver Luck,” Manziel tweeted very early Saturday morning. “If ya wanna boost your ratings to another level just send me the contract tomorrow and we’re in there. Like I said YEARS ago... XFL2020 give the people what they want.”

Hours later, Manziel clarified he was just having some fun.

“Have zero desire to play any football these days,” he later tweeted. “Just love stirring up controversy.”

Last year, Manziel signed with the AAF’s Memphis Express. The former Texas A&M Heisman Trophy winner was released from his CFL contract a month prior to joining the Express, with league officials announcing he had “contravened the agreement which made him eligible to play in the league.”

Manziel passed for 1,290 yards and five touchdowns in eight games with the CFL’s Montreal Alouettes, which acquired him in a mid-season trade with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. It was his first football action since he was released by the NFL’s Cleveland Browns following the 2015 season.

Manziel was suspended by the NFL in 2016 for violating the league's substance abuse policy, but never pursued playing in the league again. He signed with Hamilton after meeting with CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie in late 2017, and agreeing to meet "certain conditions."

Manziel entered rehab for alcohol and drug abuse in 2015 while still a member of the Browns. He was arrested in 2016 on a domestic violence charge, which was later dropped in exchange for his undergoing counseling.

Mark Heim is a sports reporter for The Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @Mark_Heim.


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