Former NFL quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner, Johnny Manziel has been cut by the Montreal Alouettes and banned from the entire Canadian Football League after league officials say the 26-year-old violated the terms of his CFL contract.
Neither the team nor the league has said specifically what Manziel is accused of doing wrong, but the Canadian Football League issued a statement saying Manziel had “contravened the agreement which made him eligible to play in the league.”
Alouettes general manager Kavis Reed also issued a statement saying, “We are disappointed by this turn of events. Johnny was provided a great deal of support by our organization, in collaboration with the CFL, but he has been unable to abide by the terms of his agreement. We worked with the league and presented alternatives to
Johnny, who was unwilling to proceed. We are confident going into the 2019 training camp with a roster of quarterbacks that had played in our system last year and are committed to our team.”
After the team made their announcement Manziel issues the following statement:
“I want to thank Coach Sherman, my teammates, and the CFL fans. My time there reestablished my love for the game of football and the work that goes into it. I look forward to exploring new options within the United States.”
I want to thank Coach Sherman, my teammates, and the CFL fans. My time there reestablished my love for the game of football and the work that goes into it. I look forward to exploring new options within the United States.
— Johnny Manziel (@JManziel2) February 27, 2019
Manziel signed a deal with that Hamilton Tiger Cats in May 2018, who then traded him to Montreal, where he played in 8 games and threw for 1,290 yards, 5 TDs and 7 interceptions.