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Johnny Manziel Could Be Eligible For The XFL In 2020

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The XFL could be the next destination for Johnny Manziel, who is now looking to go by only Johnny.

During an interview with the ‘PFT PM’ podcast this week, XFL commissioner Oliver Luck said that the XFL would be open to bringing in Manziel as long as coaches felt as though he was good enough to play in the league.

That sentiment is a sharp departure from what league creator Vince McMahon stated during his announcement of the reboot of the XFL, saying that he wouldn’t want anyone with a criminal record in the league who added “you want someone who does not have any criminality whatsoever associated with them.”

Manziel was indicted on misdemeanor assault back in 2016, so he seems to be automatically eliminated from consideration, based on McMahon’s comments.

However, Luck’s comments seem to open the door for a potential entry of Manziel, who is coming off a short stint in the AAF and a failed run in the CFL, which he is barred from signing from any team.

“If he is able to meet our standards and if our coaches think he’s one of the top quarterbacks out there that can help us,” Luck said. “Certainly we have no reason not to believe he couldn’t be in the mix. But, again it’s really up to our coaches in terms of the quarterbacks they wanna take a look at.”

Anthony DiMoro is the creator of Sports Rants and the CEO of Elite Rank Media and DiMoro Enterprises LLC. He is a former Contributor for Forbes and the Huffington Post where he covered sports, social media, and SEO. Anthony hosts the Anthony DiMoro Show podcast, and formerly hosted the 'Forbes SportsMoney Podcast'.

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Ashley Massaro Death Apparent Suicide

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Last week news broke that former WWE superstar Ashley Massaro had tragically passed away at the age of 39, although details were not available other than her death being officially classified as “non-criminal.”

According to TMZ Sports, Massaro was found hanging in an apparent suicide, found unconscious inside of her Suffolk County, NY home early Thursday morning prior to being rushed the hospital where she was later pronounced dead.

Massaro is being laid to rest in Suffolk County, and is survived by her daughter.

Former WWE superstar and MMA fighter CM Punk called into WMGM on Friday saying that he heard Massaro had taken her own life and urging anyone listening who is struggling with depression and/or suicidal thoughts to get the help they need.

 

 

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Formula 1 Legend Niki Lauda Dies at 70

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Legendary Formula 1 driver Niki Lauda has passed away at the age of 70 years old, according to his family (h/t TMZ Sports).

“With deep sadness, we announce that our beloved Niki has peacefully passed away with his family on Monday.”

“His unique achievements as an athlete and entrepreneur are and will remain unforgettable, his tireless zest for action, his straightforwardness and his courage remain.”

“A role model and a benchmark for all of us, he was a loving and caring husband, father and grandfather away from the public, and he will be missed.”

Lauda is widely considered one of the greatest drivers in Formula 1 history and he reportedly passed away on Monday, nine months after he underwent lung transplant surgery.

While Lauda is known for wining the Formula 1 drivers’ championships back in 1975 and 1977 with Ferrari, and again winning the championship in 1984 with McLaren, he is perhaps best known for his crash at the 1976 German Grand Prix which saw his car crash and catch fire.

While he was badly burned during the crash, he amazingly returned to racing only 6 weeks later, making him a legend in the sport.

Lauda’s well-documented rivalry with British driver James Hunt was the plot basis for the movie ‘Rush’.

 

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Bills Put O.J. Simpson’s #32 Back in Rotation for First Time Since 1977

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For the first time since 1977 the Buffalo Bills have put #32, the number famously associated with O.J. Simpson, back into circulation and new free agent signee Senorise Perry is now wearing the number during OTAs, according to ESPN.

“I thought it was retired, but then I was told it was available. Boom, I took it,” Perry said of the number, according to The Athletic.

“I know the situation. I know that greatness comes with that number, playing in Buffalo. But I’m willing to take anything that comes my way. I’m going into my sixth year, and I know what it takes to get in this league and stay here. With that number on my back, I know I’m doing well for my family.”

Simpson rushed for 10,183 yards and 57 touchdowns, leading the NFL in rushing four times during his nine seasons playing for the Bills, but his post-career life has been marred with numerous troubles with the law and his controversial trial, and outcomes, stemming from the murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman, which he was acquitted for in 1995, but found liable by civil court for wrongful death.

Simpson, 71, was sentenced to prison in 2008 for armed robbery and kidnapping after entering a Las Vegas hotel room to recover stolen memorabilia items, and paroled in 2017.

“Whatever they do is fine with me,” Simpson said, according to the Athletic. “That’s how I feel. When I played there, I tried to honor the team. Since I left, I always tried to honor the Bills.

“And, to be honest, it’s not something I think about. There’s too much else going on in life.”

Simpson’s number was never retired, although he is on the team’s Wall of Fame at New Era Field.

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