Vince McMahon Says Players With Criminal Records Won’t Be Eligible To Play in XFL
WWE founder and chairman Vince McMahon announced Thursday that he’ll be giving the XFL another shot, 17 years after he tried and failed in 2001 following just one season of play.
This time around, Vince won’t rely on gimmicks and flashy cheerleaders to try and make the league work.
“But we aren’t going to have much of what the XFL had, including the cheerleaders, who aren’t really part of the game anymore. The audience wants entertainment with football, and that’s what we are going to give them.”
The new league will start in January 2020, and while rumors circulated that Johnny Manziel will be a top target, that won’t be the case because players with a criminal record won’t be allowed. He said if a player has a DUI, for instance, they will not be allowed on a roster. Ouch!
BREAKING: @VinceMcMahon’s new league will be called the XFL. Will start in Jan. 2020, have eight teams, players required to stand for National Anthem & Johnny Manziel is NOT eligible to play https://t.co/KEJA6Q4fua
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) January 25, 2018
“McMahon also said he would preclude any player with a criminal record, which would disqualify former Texas A&M quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel.
“We are evaluating a player based on many things, including the quality of human being they are,” McMahon said. If you have any sort of criminal record or commit a crime you aren’t playing in this league.”
The league will consist of eight teams, 40-man rosters, and 10 weeks of regular season play, leading to two semifinals and a championship game.