Johnny Manziel is not welcome in the reboot of the XFL.
WWE chairman Vince McMahon on Thursday announced the return of the league, which lasted just one season in 2001, and he is hoping to begin play in January 2020.
McMahon told ESPN that eight teams around the country will play a 10-week schedule, and he hopes that games would be played in a two-hour span. There has been no decision on which cities will be a team.
However, there also plans to bring in certain players, and McMahon mentioned Manziel by name.
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“We are evaluating a player based on many things, including the quality of human being they are,” McMahon told ESPN. “If you have any sort of criminal record or commit a crime you aren’t playing in this league.”
McMahon will be the sole owner of the league and players won’t be able to take a personal stance, such as during the national anthem.
“People don’t want social and political issues coming into play when they are trying to be entertained,” McMahon said. “We want someone who wants to take a knee to do their version of that on their personal time.”
McMahon said the game of football will be “reimagined” in the XFL.
“I think the most important thing we learned with the older XFL and now the new XFL is the quality of the play,” McMahon said in announcing the league’s relaunch. “Quite frankly, we only had a very short time in the past to put everything together. We have two years to really get it right. It’s the quality of the play.”
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