Johnny Manziel Denies Report That He Worked Out For CFL’s Roughriders
This could only happen to Johnny Football.
Mounties Canadian Football League officials are investigating a report that Johnny Manziel participated in a workout with the Saskatchewan Roughriders in Florida. Such a move would have been against league's rules, as Manziel's negotiating rights, believe it or not, are the property of Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
The report, from Canadian site 3DownNation, says that the workout occurred just before the Senior Bowl on Jan. 27. The report is still up on the site, despite the Roughriders, and Manziel himself, vigorously denying that any such workout occurred. TMZ:
We spoke with Johnny who says the report is straight-up WRONG -- "I have had no workouts with any team from the CFL."
Manziel was added to Hamilton's negotiating list on Sept. 9, 2012, and any other CFL team conducting a workout would be a violation of CFL bylaws, according to the league. TMZ:
"We are investigating," CFL Communications Director Paulo Senra tells us.
"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."
Come to think of it, Manziel would be a prototypical CFL quarterback -- well-suited for the league's wide-open style. But he's indicated on social media that he's prepping for an NFL comeback. Manziel says that he's been clean and sober for more than a month and is staying off the party circuit, and just hopes some NFL team will "Give me a chance."
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