CFL’s Saskatchewan Roughriders Investigated Over Reports They Worked Out Johnny Manziel
According to a report from Canadian football blog 3Down Nation, Johnny Manziel recently worked out for the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Now the CFL has opened an investigation.
The problem? Manziel’s CFL rights belong to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. If the Roughriders worked out Manziel, then they violated league rules and would be in for a pretty severe punishment.
“We are investigating,” the CFL’s director of communications said in a statement given to Canada’s Sportsnet. “The Riders tell us that they did not work out Manziel. So at this point, it appears the report is false. Should other evidence come to light, we will deal with it accordingly.”
Johnny Manziel also says the report is false, telling TMZ, “I have had no workouts with any team from the CFL.”
Of course, the reason the CFL is taking the report seriously at all is because the Roughriders have broken league rules before. The team was fined $60,000 and had its salary cap reduced for the 2016 CFL season after violating policies that forbid practicing with ineligible players, players participating in practice who are on the six-game injured list, and having free agents practice with players who are under contact.
Manziel was forced to sit out the 2016 NFL season after failing to get a handle on his substance abuse problems. At this point it’s unclear if he’ll ever get another chance at the NFL, so he may actually want to think about giving the Hamilton Tiger-Cats a call.