On Thursday, Vince McMahon made it official to the public that the XFL would be returning in 2020. This confirmation of a rumor that had been out there for more than a month (naturally) lent itself to another rumor which seems like a perfect fit, at least for those of us who remember the XFL's first go round in 2001:
To add to that, Manziel himself hashtagged #XFL2020 at McMahon. Though it was seemed like more of a joke than a concrete commitment, it still racked up an ass-load of RT's and favorites:
However, during McMahon's announcement, the chairman of the league stated that the reborn product won't sign players with criminal records. He also stated, during an exclusive interview with ESPN's Darren Rovell: "We are evaluating a player based on many things, including the quality of human being they are. If you have any sort of criminal record or commit a crime you aren’t playing in this league."
Rovell took to Twitter to say that there's still a chance.
As pointed out by USA TODAY's For the Win, Manziel pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges in 2013 after an arrest the year before. On top of that, in 2017 he had an assault charge dropped following a domestic violence claim that was made against him by ex-girlfriend Colleen Crowley:
Even though it would be odd considering McMahon explicitly stated no players with criminal records could play in the league, I don't know, I still feel like there's some sort of deal that can be worked out here.