It’s official; the XFL is returning in 2020. WWE owner and chairman Vince McMahon announced yesterday. McMahon stated that the league will have none of it’s World Wrestling Entertainment gimmicks nor politics involved in the sport. The quotes below are what Mr. McMahon stated yesterday in a press conference on how the revamped league would conduct operations.
“People don’t want social and political issues coming into play when they are trying to be entertained,” McMahon said. “We want someone who wants to take a knee to do their version of that on their personal time.”
“We are evaluating a player based on many things, including the quality of human being they are,” McMahon said. “If you have any sort of criminal record or commit a crime you aren’t playing in this league.”
I have no idea on when will the XFL start it’s regular season in 2020, however; Vince McMahon is leaving lots of money on the table by not allowing players that have “any sort of criminal record or commit a crime” to play in the league. To, me I feel like those rules are too harsh for players that are just beginning their professional football careers.
By not allowing players that have criminal activity on their records to play in the XFL will hurt it’s growth significantly. The league could miss out on players that can help elevate the brand on a consistent basis. Everybody deserves a second chance to redeem themselves from any transgressions that they may have committed in the past.
It would be foolish for Vince McMahon not to allow players that have had a troubled history to have a career in the XFL. Overall, I hope the league becomes successful, but Mr. McMahon needs to bend the rules just a little if he wants to have a viable product for the foreseeable future.
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