The CFL Team That Hired (And Fired) Art Briles Decided That Johnny Manziel Had "Too Many Red Flags" Just Days Earlier
TSN- Johnny Manziel worked out last week in Buffalo before a contingent of Hamilton Tiger-Cats coaches and front-office personnel, TSN has learned.
But the former Heisman Trophy winner will not be coming north anytime soon.
The Ticats put Manziel through a series of physical and medical tests during their bye week on Aug. 23 and 24, coming away convinced he’s not ready to resume his professional career.
“Too many red flags,” said one source.
Just stop for one second and think about the series of events that took place here...
The Hamilton Tiger-Cats invited a quarterback who is not even four years removed from being a first round pick in the NFL draft to come try out for their winless CFL team, and decided to go with a "thanks, but no thanks" due to "too many red flags". That - in itself - would have been a scathing enough indictment of (the talent formerly known as) Johnny Football as a person and a professional, but it doesn't stop there. What happened next? Glad you asked...
Well, that very same organization almost immediately sat down with a coach whose first instinct was to victim blame teenage girls that were sexually assaulted on his watch and determined that he, of alllllll people, was significantly more hirable. Now obviously Art Briles - with all his felonious flaws - is a better coach than Johnny Manziel is a quarterback. Still, the fact remains that the internet had the former enabler of gang rape back on the unemployment line by sundown and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats still had less strikes against him than the former Heisman Trophy winner.
Perhaps it's not fair to act like it's an apples-to-apples comparison, but - since the timeline damn near has them passing each other in the hall - I think it's safe to say they were measured on the same moral compass. All you have to do is take a quick look in Art Briles' cold, dead eyes to see a minesweeping amount of red flags, so only Johnny (and likely his dealer) knows what type of shit he was on that forced an organization that proved to be ethically ambiguous to refuse him his last crack at a career in football. To be a worse candidate for employment than the guy that turned a college campus into an non-consensual, pro bono brothel? That's truly rock bottom, re-defined.