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CFL commissioner would not be opposed to give Johnny Manziel a chance

Johnny Manziel to miss 2015Canadian Football League commissioner Jeffrey Orridge told ESPN he would be willing to offer the trainwreck quarterback a shot in the second-tier league — if he can cleans up his act.

“We try not to speculate on situations like that, and I really can’t speculate too much on hypotheticals,” Orridge said. “But I can tell you that what’s paramount to us is ensuring the success of an athlete, while at the same time preserving and promoting the integrity of the league and the game.”

Johnny Football is already on the Hamilton Ti-Cats neg-list, which means if Johnny Football wants to play football all he has to do is tell them he wants to play football. That will then put the ball in Hamilton’s court. They have a certain time to activate him and if they don’t he would become a free agent.

“I rely primarily on the assessment of the team,” Orridge shared. “It is their charge to evaluate the talent and to bring that talent forward. To be candid, if there is a situation that we believe warrants additional input, we certainly want to provide that to the team. We’re obviously charged with making sure that the integrity of the league and the integrity of our brand is perpetuated.”

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