Openly Homosexual Michael Sam Placed on Montreal Alouettes’ Suspended List – This Is the Kind of Drama Tony Dungy Was Talking About

© Rick Scuteri/AP Photo Michael Sam runs through a drill during the NFL Super Regional Combine football workout on March 22, 2015, in Tempe, Ariz.
© Rick Scuteri/AP Photo Michael Sam runs through a drill during the NFL Super Regional Combine football workout on March 22, 2015, in Tempe, Ariz.

The Montreal Alouettes did not shine a lot of new light Sunday on why Michael Sam abruptly left the Canadian Football League team a day before their first exhibition game, but their statements were not very supportive. Here is what General Manager Jim Popp told the Montreal Gazette:

“There’s nothing to tell you. He wanted to go home, and that’s what he did. I don’t know why. When a guy wants to go home, they go home. He had some personal things to take care of. I wouldn’t be surprised if he returns. I’m surprised he left. I was very surprised. If he doesn’t come back, I would think football’s over for him. He’s the one that has to face that. But I don’t think he doesn’t want to play football. That’s why he came here.”

Popp’s comments are a lot less positive than what the team said in a statement Friday when Sam was spotted at the Montreal airport heading home to Texas. “The Montreal Alouettes fully respect Michael Sam’s decision and we rally around him to offer all the support needed. The team has left the door open and Michael is welcome to come back whenever he feels ready.” Sam has been put on the suspended list by the team, which plays its season opener June 25.

Sam’s agents aren’t talking publicly either, since one of them first said that Sam left because he had a migraine. That seemed a rather flimsy reason to leave town since one can just as easily deal with a migraine in Montreal as in Texas.

The Gazette quoted two sources within the team who made it sound like Sam might be done and that his reason for leaving was basically him pouting:

While Popp says the door remains open for his return, another source within the organization virtually guaranteed the likelihood of that happening is non-existent. The source also chided Sam for appearing on the reality TV series “Dancing With the Stars” instead of preparing for the coming season. …

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Source: SB Nation | Jim Buzinski

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