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Saturday, August 15, 2015

SAM LEAVES ALOUETTES. AGAIN.

Michael Sam is taking some time away from the football field.

The 25-year-old defensive end announced through his verified Twitter account that he will be stepping aside from the CFL's Montreal Alouettes for personal reasons.

"The last 12 months have been very difficult for me, to the point where I became concerned with my mental health. Because of this I am going to step away from the game at this time. I thank the Alouettes for this opportunity and hope to be back on the field soon. Thank you all for your understanding and support.''

The Alouettes organization confirmed in a press release that Sam has left the club for "personal reasons'' and that he has been added to the team's suspended list.

Sam became the first active pro football player who is openly gay after making his CFL debut for the Als in their loss to the Ottawa Redblacks on Aug. 7. He was used sparingly and only took part in a handful of plays, finishing with no tackles. He didn't dress this week and was put on the injured list when Montreal played the Edmonton Eskimos Thursday night.

The Texan was a former SEC co-defensive player of the year in his senior season at the University of Missouri. He was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the seventh round of the 2014 NFL draft, but failed to make their lineup. After a short spell with the Dallas Cowboys on their practice roster, he signed a two-year contract with the Alouettes.

Sam also missed part of Montreal's training camp to attend personal matters but returned June 29.

(Canadian Press)

22 comments:

Anonymous said...

Coming out as gay in pro sports takes guts but doubt he had any idea what he would face.

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Anonymous said...

This guy is bipolar. I know, so is my wife.

Don't laugh, I'm serious

Anonymous said...

He just figured out he was in over his head so left before he got cut.

Anonymous said...

The sporting world and other businesses in general seem to be getting a better understanding of the need to support those struggling with anxiety and depression and other mental health issues. Used to be a time when this to was kept in the closet by players and employees.

Anonymous said...

Time for the media to leave him alone. He is not a hero.

Anonymous said...

The promotion and glorifying of the gay lifestyle by the media is truly sickening.

Anonymous said...

Exactly. It's the LGBT zealots and the politically correct media who are sensationalizing everything and doing more harm than good. Here Sam a year ago comes out as gay and the world goes nuts. It should have been left alone at that point. Nope, the media follows his every turn so he gets all the publicity and the "preferential treatment". Leave the guy alone! Maybe if he didn't have all that scrutiny he could have instead focused on becoming a better football player. Unfortunately it's going to take something tragic for people to wake up and quit doing this. LGBT athletes want to be treated as normal and like everyone else then do so. Don't sensationalize it. Could you imagine if Aaron Rodgers came out as gay? Cripes he'd never have an inch of privacy ever again! The media would be hounding his every move and bothering him and his teammates constantly. That's why people don't come out of the closet cause these people that are supposedly trying to support their cause and help them are doing way more harm than homophobic people are. It's a fact.


Biden

Anonymous said...

Media made this a bigger story than what it really was. Every sportscast about Sam began with " first gay player ..........." Who cares. Leave the man alone for goodness sake. No wonder the poor guy has mental health issues. - media has no conscience nor are they held to any form of moral standard that I can see.... Shameful !

Anonymous said...

I'm going to tell you something and I want to be very clear on this.

Michael Sam is 25 years old. If any of you had empathy you could not imagine the amount of pressure this man has been under starting in childhood and now into young adulthood.

He comes from Texas where similar to here the overzealous father's who did nothing with their lives hope to live vicariously through their children. I'm certain Michael Sam had a football in his crib and a little pair of cleats when he was 3 years old.

This is a lesson that if anything LGBT human beings need to have safe havens and support to live the lives of who they are at the moment they know who they are. He didn't get that. I give him full credit for making his announcement. The first one through the gate will always have it the worst.

The end of the day he was not good enough to play pro-football, but his calling was of a higher one. I thought in the CFL which was always the leader in breaking barriers he'd do well, and especially in Quebec.

....but the comments on here are indicative of this new Canada/Saskatchewan that gets bandied about. We used to be proud of our Charter, but now we're trending to just be a mean people.

Michael Sam learned a lot about himself and he also learned that under Stephen Harper and Brad wall Canada/Saskatchewan truly is Mississippi North.

Y'er Welcome
Obama

Anonymous said...

Is Obama gay?

Anonymous said...

There is no such thing as a "gay lifestyle", just like there is no such thing as an "African American lifestyle" or a "Chinese lifestyle", just individual human beings who may be "different" than a neighbor somewhere due to sex, race, culture, religion or sexual orientation etc. Diversity is here and it is a good thing! Stereotyping people is the sign of a closed mind.

Old Hank

Anonymous said...

Now there's something, after hundreds of postings belittling others Obama is criticizing people for being mean.

TH

Anonymous said...

Obama the zealous racist hater of white people who hides behind a cloak of intellectual superiority, but is in fact a left wing extremist idiot.

Anonymous said...

This guy invited the media into his life.

Anonymous said...

You had me until the last paragraph Obama. Don't use Michael Sam of all things in your anti-Brad wall posts.

Anonymous said...

....tell you what.

The next time Stephen Harper or Brad Wall have a meeting of the party faithful on say a farm within a toolshed or whatever it is. If you can get a question passed because they won't answer questions without fist being vetted, ask them about gay rights or protection under the law.

These guys will look at all the bib overalls, John Deer hat wearing rednecks and take a big gulp before they answer. Their base is the "Git 'er Done" crowd and that don't play in Harperland.

I've long said Stephen Harper and his Alliance-Reform Party, I mean PC whatever they co-opted for branding purposes hate individual rights. Brad Wall is the same way. Issues that require nuanced debate well that's oversimplified with the George W Bush, "you're either with us or against" mandate.


Y'er Welcome
Obama

Anonymous said...

Obama, you are one of the meanest people on this blog. You suffer from low self-esteem. That's why you belittle other people. Don't call anyone names before you take a good look at yourself in the mirror! There you may find the answer!
Patrick f

Anonymous said...

Come on Patrick! Obama is a guy that looks at himself in the mirror all day, everyday, poking at his zits and greasing back his hair, telling himself that he is the best looking guy in the room and with a brain unlike no other. They did not break the mold when Obama emerged from his ma's tummy. The Obama's walk among us everywhere...

Old Hank

Anonymous said...

Als considered 6 gaming him for a 'sprained' sphincter, but had second thoughts.
Oh yeah?.... suck it Obumhole!

Anonymous said...

Well put Old Hank.

Anonymous said...

"Sprained sphincter"?? Wtf is wrong with you? Good to see intolerance at an all time high around these parts. Last time I heard, this was a "sports blog", not a politics/religion/lifestyle blog. Stick to sports peeps.

Ben Bernanke