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    The Johnny Manziel experiment is over.

    The CFL terminated the former Heisman Trophy winner's contract with the Montreal Alouettes on Wednesday. The league also informed the eight remaining clubs that it wouldn't register a contract for Manziel if any tried to sign him.

    The league said Manziel had contravened an agreement that made the Texan eligible to play in the CFL.

    "We advised Montreal that Johnny had violated one of the conditions we had set for him to be in our league. And Montreal announced his release today," CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie said Wednesday in Vancouver. "We didn't release the terms of those conditions then and we're not going to do that now.

    "We're trying to do what we believe is in the best interests of the entire league. The conditions we set, we thought were the right ones. Those conditions have been violated and we feel it's best, and Montreal feels its best, to let Johnny move on. And we think it's best for our league that he do the same. And we wish him well."

    If Manziel wants to continue playing football, one option could be Alliance of American Football, which kicked off its inaugural season earlier this month. And Manziel said he was intrigued by the prospect of playing in either the AAF or Xtreme Football League, which begins operation next year.

    "It's great for football, it's great for the guys who need more opportunity, need more film and time to play," Manziel said on Barstool Sports Comeback SZN podcast. "I don't know exactly what my exact steps will be for the next years coming up, but at least there's a lot of options.

    "Me and E.B. (agent Erik Burkhardt) are fully committed to playing ball and trying to get into the best situation possible and that's what it's all about."

    In December 2017, Ambrosie announced the league would approve a contract for the former Cleveland Browns first-round pick, who at the time was on the Hamilton Tiger-Cats negotiation list. But Manziel had to fulfil certain requirements to join the league.

    The league's due diligence included an assessment by an independent expert on domestic violence and a head-to-head meeting between Manziel and Ambrosie.

    Exactly what conditions or requirements that were broken or violated weren't divulged. Manziel had sought treatment for anger management and alcohol abuse as part of his acquittal on a 2016 charge of domestic violence.

    Manziel eventually ended up signing with Hamilton in May 2018 but was unable to get on to the field behind starter Jeremiah Masoli. The Ticats dealt Manziel and offensive linemen Tony Washington and Landon Rice in a blockbuster trade with Montreal on July 23 for receiver Chris Williams, defensive end Jamaal Westerman and two first-round draft picks (2020, '21).


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    Hamilton made out quite well.

    The decision to not reveal the violation or even the conditions on the contract he broke is ridiculous in my opinion.
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    I mean, it was only a matter of time.... I'm curious about what the conditions were that weren't met.

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    He missed a mandatory meeting that was to address his off field issues.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2014olympicgold View Post
    He missed a mandatory meeting that was to address his off field issues.
    Seriously? That's the condition the CFL won't reveal.
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    I remember posting about him when he was being shopped and eventually traded to Montreal. Hamilton was 100% right to cash in on the hype because he was never going to justify that with his play. Even if he was good, he was never going to be THAT good.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Dennis View Post
    Seriously? That's the condition the CFL won't reveal.
    Watching Sportsnet last night, some CFL analyst said that's what he was hearing was the violation JM did. The way it sounds is that there are several "meetings" he must go to each week. Prolly a therapist, AA, anger management, and other things. CFL likely won't release the meeting/actual reason why to keep the issue hidden. Like when the NHL won't announce when a player admits himself to the drug program. It's a way to save the person in question.

    I am actually a bit pissed it came out it was a meeting violation now that I'm thinking of it. If the league didn't want us to know, it's to likely help this person's emotional state. If it came out like JM was smashing lines of booger sugar off an escorts booty and he was spiraling, it could be terrible for JM emotional state.
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    creates a spot for a back up QB competition in Montreal... other than that...
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    Hopefully he finds his feet in life before trying football again.

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    If only he had taken a knee, he could sue the CFL!


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