The CFL-hopeful has suffered another setback in his dream to play professional football.
After leaving Montreal Alouettes training camp for unknown and unspecified reasons, DE Michael Sam has been placed on the team’s suspended list.
— CFL (@CFL) June 15, 2015
Sam, the first openly gay football player to be drafted by an NFL team, signed with the CFL outfit last month after not being signed to a single NFL team’s active roster during the 2014 season. The Alouettes would not specify the reason for his mysterious departure and said it would “remain confidential” according to ProFootballTalk.
Before the 2014 NFL draft, Sam made the decision to publicly come out of the closet – a decision that some speculate may have led the 2013 SEC co-Defensive Player of the Year to fall all the way to the bottom half of the 7th round of the draft. Sam was selected 249th overall by the St. Louis Rams and played in several preseason games for the team – most notably earning a sack on controversial Cleveland Browns rookie QB Johnny Manziel that set social media ablaze – but was released by the Rams in the final roster cuts. Sam signed on with the Dallas Cowboys practice squad in September but was cut by the team in October.