WWE CEO Vince McMahon announced Thursday he’d be reviving a football league he founded in 2001.
McMahon said the resurgence of XFL was not a response to recent NFL controversies. But there’s one particular requirement for potential players that may lead one to believe otherwise.
“People don’t want social and political issues coming into play when they are trying to be entertained,” McMahon said during a press conference. “We want someone who wants to take a knee to do their version of that on their personal time.”
The 72-year-old also emphasized his ownership of the league, which will premiere in 2020, indicates he can add or alter rules as he pleases.
”I can say, ‘Here are the rules, and as long as you are playing football in the stadium for us, you follow these rules,'” he said.
Hoards of football fans have condemned the NFL for allowing players to exercise their right to protest injustices faced by the Black community. In September, President Trump, a dear friend of McMahon’s, slammed athletes who protest on the playing field, referring to players who do so as a “son of a bitch.”
The two also have a business relationship. Trump actually purchased WWE sub-brand Monday Night Raw from McMahon in 2009.
McMahon’s wife, Linda, even works for Trump as the overseer of the president’s Small Business Administration.
In addition to keeping their humanity off the playing field, there’s another stipulation to becoming an XFL player.
“We are evaluating a player based on many things, including the quality of human being they are,” McMahon, a reputed adulterer, said. “If you have any sort of criminal record or commit a crime you aren’t playing in this league.”
Below is XFL’s mission statement:
This is the future. This is not the past. This is the future. And the future moves fast. This is quicker, simpler. Rules, reformed. This is your game safer. This is football reborn. This is gaming and fantasy, this is padded roulette. Make a trade, make a team, make a move, make a bet. This is fans above all. This is maximum action. Less stall more ball. Fewer infractions. This begins in 2020. The future is near. More access. More everyone. More everything here. This is our moment, our story to tell. This is history begun. This is the XFL.
Although there are blatant resemblances between McMahon’s and Trump’s social perspectives — as well as their affection for simple sentences — McMahon said he doesn’t have the slightest clue as to whether “President Trump will support this.”
One could take a wild guess. Anyway, here’s what the world thought of the recently announced venture:
— veloursuitpapi. (@doylenoir) January 25, 2018
Proud to announce that I’ve designed the costume for the XFL’s mascot, “Merbo The Police Bird Who Is On A Two-Week Paid Suspension For Shooting An Unarmed Child In The Back” pic.twitter.com/0XgfAsltlO
— pixelated still too early for a christmas name (@pixelatedboat) January 25, 2018
Roses are red
Violets are blue
If you stand for the anthem
The XFL is for you.
— mike freeman (@mikefreemanNFL) January 25, 2018
If the XFL is looking for a commissioner, Steve Bannon is available
— Zito (@_Zeets) January 25, 2018
“The XFL is going to be faster, safer, better football”
Great! Can you explain how?
“It will be better”
Ok but like.. in what way?
“We have reimagined football”
Right. Got that but…..
— Chris Denker (@thechrisdenker) January 25, 2018
I assume when the XFL returns, the national anthem will be played at the beginning of each quarter, they will honor a coal miner during TV timeouts, and every stadium will have Notre Dame's "Touchdown Jesus" mural behind every end-zone. #XFL2020 pic.twitter.com/RJmPjwNmPr
— Brad Flick (@bradflick55) January 25, 2018
Looks like the Trump supporters, KKK, White Supremacists, and the rest of the Republicans will have a football league to watch in 2020. I'm glad, hopefully they all leave the NFL for good. #XFL #XFL2020 #NFL
— Vormalowitz™ (@Vormalowitz) January 25, 2018
Black players in the XFL pic.twitter.com/OxnOTz14s7
— Justin Davis [Anti-Crack Account] (@OGJOHNNY5) January 25, 2018
v disappointed to learn that XFL is just a weird conservative football league, instead of the futuristic rollerball-style sport i imagined.
— Gavia Baker-Whitelaw (@Hello_Tailor) January 25, 2018