CFL comissioner: Manziel violated conditions of contract

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We still don’t know the specific reasons for Johnny Manziel’s release from the CFL’s Montreal Alouettes.

But it’s clear that it was enough of a headache to go to the top of the league office.

In addition to demanding the team release him, the Canadian Football League declared it would not approve a contract for Manziel with any other team.

“We advised Montreal that Johnny had violated one of the conditions we had set for him to be in our league. And Montreal announced his release today,” CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie said, via Dan Ralph of the Canadian Press. “We didn’t release the terms of those conditions then and we’re not going to do that now.

“We’re trying to do what we believe is in the best interests of the entire league. The conditions we set, we thought were the right ones. Those conditions have been violated and we feel it’s best, and Montreal feels it’s best, to let Johnny move on. And we think it’s best for our league that he do the same. And we wish him well.”

When Manziel entered the league with the Hamilton Tiger Cats, the league went through a number of steps including an assessment by an independent expert on domestic violence and a personal meeting between Manziel and Ambrosie. Manziel was also undergoing treatment for anger management and alcohol abuse after his 2016 acquittal on domestic violence charges, which ended his run with the Browns.

Montreal ended up trading for Manziel to reunite him with college coach Mike Sherman, but he was just 2-6 as a starter there.

“When we made the decision to make the trade for Mr. Manziel, we knew the risks that went with it,” Alouettes General Manager Kavis Reed said. “We took a chance, we took a risk, an educated risk and it didn’t work out.

“That’s the situation. We have a stable plan that will allow our football team to advance.”

The CFL teams saves a few bucks in the process, as he was due a $75,000 bonus on March 1.

Manziel has indicated he wants to continue his attempt to play in the United States.

18 responses to “CFL comissioner: Manziel violated conditions of contract

  1. Johnny doesn’t care about being a professional and has proven it time and time again. Hope he gets clean for his own sake and his family but this should be the end of the line as a football player.

  2. All part of his plan to play in the XFL or the AAF, either way I’m sure he will make more $$$$ there than he would playing up north. Just had to figure a way out of his contract with the CFL and it looks like it worked!

  3. Perfect fit for the XFL. His biggest problem is he could really care less because he has very little motivation. His family is one of the most rich in east Texas from generational oil money. He could never work a day in his life and live the life of a socialite. Maybe the XFL will offer the kind of environment to ‘perform’ much like his days at A&M.

  4. Manziel is like the guy who takes a swig of buttermilk from his refrigerator and discovers it’s sour, so he puts it back in the fridge and says, “I’ll try it again in a few days and maybe it will taste better.” Guess what… it never does. Just like trying Manziel over and over again. He still tastes putrid….

  5. This guy is the direct result of parents who dont “parent” their child. Selfish, spoiled brat who has never grown up

  6. The Memphis AAF team should snag him immediately…..would be an upgrade….of course, it would only be temporary, as he’ll blow that opportunity quickly too.

  7. Johnny… STOP! Stop with the football talk bro… Focus on health and life now… Get a real career in your life. Football is NOT it for you. Get TRUE help and hang the cleats up already…

  8. Can we just say he’s not good enough and be done with this guy? He was quite an exciting COLLEGE player but has shown zero ability to be a professional at anything except maybe having fun and living on his “glory days”.

  9. Bottom Line: he looked terrible in the NFL and CFL. I don’t think he is worth the trouble but if the AAF and XFL want to give him a try then so be it but let’s end this fantasy that he will ever play in the NFL again. Not happening.

  10. @daphne49er, most of his perceived college success is the superb athleticism and work ethic of tight end Mike Evans, who just signed his well-earned fat second contract with Tampa Bay.
    Evans managed to snag so many of Johnny Footnote’s wild jump balls that would have been deemed uncatchable (a drop would have been on the QB, not the TE) that he made him look far better than he ever was.

    Meanwhile, sounds like you’ve got the real deal under center in your neck of the woods! Kudos, and looking forward to a couple (or three) of hard-fought, A-game matches between us again, if my Seahawks don’t get wrapped around the axle just as your 49ers hit your stride.

  11. foodiefoodnerd, There is something to what you write about Mike Evans, but there were more than 5,000 yards to OTHER guys, too over those two seasons…plus 2,000 yards rushing…and heaps of TDs. JM was amazing, imo (and I can’t STAND the little punk)

    Also looking forward to Niners-Seahawks this year…great rivalry!

  12. I am shocked, SHOCKED I say. He violated conditions to play – and that in a country where booze, party, and pot are legal everywhere and at earlier ages.

  13. “Johnny Football’s” biggest problem is that he is “Bi-Polar” and the reason for his ouster from the CFL is his refusal to stay “On Meds.” I know, once had a stepson who was the same and couldn’t stabilize his life. Heard that the former Kerrville Tivy HS (Kerrville, Texas) football hero wants to play for the new professional football club in San Antonio, Texas – The Alliance Football League. Doesn’t matter where he goes, if he can’t stay on his meds – he will fail.

  14. He’ll never grow up or mature if he doesn’t have to. Most of us have to if we want to provide for ourselves and our families. Johnny’s been handed the world on a platter and he doesn’t care because he doesn’t need to.

    And I know that people in the US tend to think of the CFL as a “minor league” of sorts, but it’s a different kind of football and clearly it’s not easy, by any means, or Johnny would’ve been able to show something. Will the AAF be any different?

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