Johnny Manziel's CFL sequence was about as successful as the NFL's.
On Wednesday, the Montreal Alouettes announced that they had released the previously troubled quarterback in strange circumstances – Manziel having been banned from the league.
"The Canadian Football League asked the Montreal Alouettes to terminate the contract of international quarterback Johnny Manziel after it was acknowledged that he had breached the agreement, which allowed him to to play in the league, "said the team in a statement. .
"We are disappointed by the turn of events. Our organization has provided considerable support to Johnny, in collaboration with the CFL, but he has not been able to comply with the terms of his contract, "added Managing Director Kavis Reed. "We worked with the league and presented alternatives to Johnny, who was not willing to continue."
We do not know what Manziel apparently did to violate the agreement.
Manziel, who joined the CFL last spring, had already questioned his team's confidence in September, after he became available after a concussion.
"If the club had confidence in me, I think I would be the guy, I would feel like I was the guy after I came back from the concussion," he said. "It did not happen, so I have to keep going here. And this is the most difficult part of the missing training, I need these representatives to try to leave as little doubt as possible about my ability to play. "
Since Manziel went north of the border, two American professional football options have emerged alongside the NFL. AAF started earlier this month as a NFL parent league and earned respectable ratings in its first few weeks. Vince McMahon's XFL is expected to begin next February, and Manziel could give him the support needed to boost public relations and gain ground against the AAF.
Manziel was traded to the Alouettes by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats last July. His first start in the CFL a month later was less than remarkable, launching an interception in his second game.
The former Heisman Trophy winner, whom Cleveland selected in the first round of the NFL draft in 2014, had many problems in the league, including his fight against drug addiction. He has not played in the NFL since December 2015 and was released by the Browns shortly thereafter.
Meanwhile, Manziel appears miles away from Montreal, geolocating Nobu Malibu in a Tuesday night Instagram story. His wife, Bre Tiesi, did the same, the couple having celebrated their first birthday.