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XFL Will Make Players Stand For The Anthem — Here’s What Else We Know

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David Hookstead Smoke Room Editor-in-Chief

Vince McMahon announced the details of his new XFL Thursday, and it sounds extremely interesting.

ESPN reported the following:

As for the timing of the announcement, two years before the league’s debut, many might point to McMahon’s relationship with President Donald Trump, who this fall criticized the NFL for allowing its players to kneel and sit during the national anthem. McMahon said players in his league will not be given the forum to take a personal stance while on the playing field.

McMahon also said he would preclude any player with a criminal record, which would disqualify former Texas A&M quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel (emphasis added).

The anthem decision is super smart on McMahon’s part. That issue plagued the NFL, and he’s cutting the head of the snake before it even becomes an issue. Very smart move.

The part about Manziel is even more interesting to me because it’s pretty much all anybody has been talking about all day on Twitter. It looks like ESPN is actually wrong here because Manziel’s criminal charges were dropped. You’d think that ESPN would know something like that. It’s kind of a big deal in this situation. Maybe the details will get clearer as the time approaches for the league to begin in 2020.

Manziel also hyped it up on Twitter, and appears to fully believe he’ll be playing in it.

#XFL2020 #Comeback$ZN

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It’s ComebackSZN and let’s hope it happens for Manziel in the XFL.

Also, I can’t believe this is actually happening. A co-worker of mine and former White House reporter Alex Pfeiffer told me this would happen over a year ago. I didn’t really listen to him, and yet, here we are. It’s incredible.

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