The issue is simple. the Hamilton Tiger-Cats now hold the negotiating rights to Manziel if he wanted to play in the CFL - so any possible workout would have to go through them first. Violating team policies - college and the National Football League - on countless occasions is the least of it.
Chances are you won't see "Johnny Football" in an NFL uniform next season, but you could see the 2012 Heisman Trophy victor playing north of the border. The report is still up on the site, despite the Roughriders, and Manziel himself, vigorously denying that any such workout occurred.
Manziel's own father told ESPN, "He's a druggie".
Johnny Manziel the football player can be magical.
But he comes with so much baggage, the Riders' so-called Code of Conduct may as well be just a tabloid in the stadium office washroom. There's a reason why rules are in place and teams hold rights to certain players.
That in itself is controversial enough, given Manziel's history of alcoholism and domestic abuse, but adding to this story is that the Roughriders are not even allowed to speak with Manziel or his people because he is on the negotiating list of the Hamilton Tigercats.
We spoke with Johnny who says the report is straight-up WRONG - "I have had no workouts with any team from the CFL."
Chris Jones released a statement Thursday afternoon.
Manziel's own spokesperson claims Manziel has never worked out for any CFL team.
This isn't the first time the Riders have faced league scrutiny since Jones took over as general manager and head coach before the 2016 season. "With that, I will not be commenting further on the report".