Johnny Manziel did a quick heel to face wrestling style turn on the XFL.
Less than two weeks after Manziel Tweeted the league was going to fold midway through the season, the 27-year-old celebrity quarterback wants the paperwork to sign from XFL commissioner Oliver Luck.
Manziel sent the Tweet out to his millions of followers Friday night and by Saturday morning his Twitter account was deleted. Prior to the XFL Tweet, Manziel Tweeted ‘I’m back!!!!’ with a GIF of his famous Money Manziel gesture.
Nearly 24 hours later, Manziel turned his Twitter account back on.
Have zero desire to play any football these days. Just love stirring up controversy.
— Johnny Manziel (@JManziel2) February 23, 2020
After the CFL forced the Montreal Alouettes to release Manziel and informed all of its member clubs that it will not register a contract for the dual-threat quarterback. He wound up in the now-defunct Alliance of American Football for a short stint.
Manziel has been out of football since, even when many people felt the XFL could be a spot for the troubled quarterback. However, Luck didn’t feel the sam way.
“I would argue that the players we have are better, to be honest with you. Johnny has his own history, and we have coaches from the CFL who have seen him close up,” XFL commissioner Oliver Luck told The Tampa Bay Times.
“I think the guys we have on our teams are the best 560 that aren’t playing in the National Football League.”
The Tyler, Texas native signed with Hamilton in May 2018 where he worked briefly with current Houston Roughnecks head coach June Jones. When Jones was introduced as the Houston XFL franchise’s bench boss, he was asked about the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner.
“I had Johnny in Hamilton. I enjoyed the five or six weeks. He played very good for me actually. But he wanted to get on the field and I could see that it was going to take a little time for him to learn the system,” Jones said.
When the Ticats were in negotiations to sign Manziel, the 66-year-old Jones went on record saying: “Manziel would be the best player to ever play up here.”
“He can throw it and he can run it like nobody has ever been able to do,” Jones said at the time.
Even though Jones is a fan of Manziel, the XFL doesn’t appear to be, yet.