Johnny Football ‘too controversial’ for Dancing With the Stars’: report

While the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and the CFL may be willing to accept Johnny Manziel, reality TV show Dancing With the Stars has apparently declared him “too controversial.”

According to a report on – which has now been picked up by multiple other media outlets – Manziel was set to be a part of the new season of DWTS before producers (moon) walked back the decision. From the story:

According to our sources, Manziel and his team had been in talks with the show for several weeks about taking part in the show. We’re told producers had informally chosen Manziel and planned on moving forward with him.

But after further conversation, our sources say the show ultimately decided Manziel was “too controversial” and chose to exclude him from the cast.

Manziel’s legal and behavioural troubles are well-documented, though he’s recently acknowledged dealing with mental health and substance abuse issues while vowing to turn his life around. And DWTS apparently isn’t afraid of a little controversy: Blast says the DWTS line up, set to be announced Friday, is expected to include Tonya Harding who pled guilty to hindering the prosecution in the 1994 attack on fellow figure skater Nancy Kerrigan and recently acknowledged she knew about it beforehand.

While Manziel hasn’t addressed the DWTS story – his social media has been dead since Saturday – the timing of the show would have clashed with CFL mini-camps and the start of training camp (depending on how long he remained a contender.)

So, for now, Manziel’s only moves will come on the football field with his second Spring League game set for Thursday. Given what we’ve seen, that may be just as well…


13 Comments on Johnny Football ‘too controversial’ for Dancing With the Stars’: report

  1. True Green // April 11, 2018 at 8:13 pm //

    I only read the headline, I didn’t read the article and I won’t read any comments. I’ll just assume that every other gawd-fearin cfl football fan won’t give this article a moments thought.

    Seriously 3down, this is embarrassing.

    • Bleeding Green // April 11, 2018 at 11:16 pm //

      Likewise (other than your comment obviously!) Wtf 3Down.

    • He is in great shape!! I would love to see him in the CFL. The publicity is great for the CFL.
      He would sell tickets in Toronto, even if he just danced on the side-lines with the cheer leaders.

    • Tiger man // April 12, 2018 at 3:14 pm //

      Then don’t read it…

      But do we really have to put up with your whining????

  2. Paul Bomber // April 11, 2018 at 8:19 pm //

    Have you no pride? How does this story belong on a CFL website?

    • Tiger man // April 12, 2018 at 3:12 pm //

      Because it’s about a possible CFL player and a prominent name in the sports news….

      Does this really need to be explained to you????

  3. Colour me green // April 12, 2018 at 12:50 am //

    I heard that he farted in the locker room last week. Story to follow on 3 down nation.

  4. Edward Leslie // April 12, 2018 at 3:09 am //

    Too controversial for “Dancing with the stars”, eh?
    If he doesn’t sign with Hamilton soon, he’ll be dancing down to the unemployment line.

  5. greenenvy? // April 12, 2018 at 10:03 am //

    Well, if we can have a “Save Ryan” campaign for Big Brother, why not bombard DWTS with outrage? I’m less surprised these are items than that contributors here actually sign up for Big Brother. As one poster said in that regard – good grief.

  6. Peter Griffin // April 12, 2018 at 3:09 pm //

    I’m going to comment on this story, but I did not read it, and will not read any more articles about this player, until if/or when he shows up ready to compete for a spot with the Cats or possibly another team.

  7. Tiger man // April 12, 2018 at 3:09 pm //

    With Manziel’s abuse history, the producers of the dance show likely did not want to put his female dancing partner at risk.

    His past is catching up with him…

  8. He will never play in your crap league to much pride to play in a league of beer leaguers

  9. Edward Leslie // April 13, 2018 at 5:05 am //

    You are obviously just a silly twerp with no intelligent opinions to share. So, I won’t even bother defending the CFL to you.
    I will tell you that your brief message was flawed in other ways though.
    It should read:
    He will never play in your crap league BECAUSE HE HAS TOO much pride to play in a league of beer leaguers.
    Remember this word guide.
    To : Johnny Manziel went TO the Spring League
    (A direction or action)
    Two:The Spring League plays TWO games.
    (A number)
    Too: Johnny wants to play in the CFL TOO, but he knows it’s no league of hack beer leaguers, like the Spring League is. (Means Also).

    I hope I was of some help. Maybe your next post can be written correctly. I kind of doubt that it will be more
    Informative or enlightening though.

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