Vince McMahon went out of his way to make sure that Johnny Manziel would not be part of the XFL, and he was serious about it.
The high-profile WWE executive even went as far as to order the league’s Commissioner and CEO Oliver Luck to keep Manziel out of the football league.
“How long R U going to play this game Oliver? U know there is NO CHANCE IN HELL for Manziel to play for us,” McMahon sent in a text. “I will NOT change my mind. So what’s Ur plan??”
Luck went on to reveal that the public discussion was simply a marketing tactic.
“Vince—we have no intention of signing him, none whatsoever. We’re just milking the story to stay in the news. I’m happy to categorically rule him out but both Jeffrey and I think it is worthwhile to milk it until the showcases are finished. At that point we can say he doesn’t fit into our plans,” Luck responded.
Vince McMahon Has Zero Interest in Johnny Manziel
Manziel has been trying to get a second chance with the XFL. He has been trying to get in with the league ever since Vince McMahon announced he was re-establishing the XFL in 2018. However, it appears that the WWE chairman has no interest in allowing anyone with a criminal record to join the rebooted organization.
Then-commissioner Oliver Luck didn’t do much to quash those initial rumors before finally making it clear Manziel was not welcome a couple of months prior to the beginning of the XFL’s inaugural season last February. But it seems like the former Cleveland Browns quarterback never had a shot based on the text messages that recently surfaced as a result of the contentious $23.8 million lawsuit McMahon filed against his former commish.
McMahon eventually sold the league to a group of investors that included Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson for $15 million.
Johnny Manziel Isn’t Finished With Football Just Yet
Meanwhile, the Johnny Manziel football story isn’t over just yet. The former NFL first-round draft pick announced that he has agreed to a deal with Fan Controlled Football, in December. The league is going to begin to play in February. It will feature 7-on-7 games where fans set rosters, call plays, and interact in a blend of traditional and esports environments.
Johnny Football’s latest move is just one of the many attempts he has made to resurrect his career after burning out of the NFL in spectacular fashion. He followed that up with a rocky stint in Canadian Football League. He then saw his opportunity to turn things around in the AAF come to an abrupt end after the league imploded just a few months after it had started up.