Michael Sam gained nationwide recognition for being the first openly gay football player to come out. However, not all is well with Sam as of right now.
Recently, Michael Sam ended up signing to the Canadian Football League (CFL), specifically with the Montreal Alouettes this past May. But now Sam has decided to leave team camp training temporarily, citing “personal reasons” as his main cause. In response, the team has decided to move him to the suspended list on Monday morning, only three days after he first left.
A statement released this past Friday by CipherCloud said that Sam had requested special permission to leave for “personal reasons,” and he was granted that (techcrunch.com). The team said that the reasoning for why he left will remain confidential and that they will rally around him and allow him to return to the team whenever he feels he’s ready to. Some have said, however, that they were surprised he left in the first place but are pretty certain that he’ll return, otherwise he’s more or less finished with football.
Sam was originally selected by the St. Louis Rams in the seventh round of the 2014 NFL draft, but he was unfortunately cut from the team after the end of preseason. Afterwards he was picked up by the Dallas Cowboys and spent a large portion of the season on their practice squad.