Why Did Michael Sam Leave His Canadian Football League Team?


Michael Sam was suspended by the Montreal Alouettes after leaving the team on Friday for undisclosed personal reasons. Speculation about those reasons has been running wild over the past few days and the latest suggestion is quite surprising.

The latest theory concerning Sam’s departure was that he simply wasn’t good enough to make the roster, sensed this and left to save himself and the organization embarrassment. This particular scenario is gaining steam throughout the Als dressing room and, for that matter, the CFL.

The Montreal Gazette contacted Sam’s public relations representative on Monday but was told the player’s not doing media interviews at this time.

Sam was the SEC’s defensive player of the year in 2013 but couldn’t find a steady gig with an NFL team. The reason for that is open to speculation as well.

There’s also this odd nugget from an unnamed source.

Another team source said Sam may have simply overreacted to a comment that was made to him by another player.

“All I know is I heard somebody made a comment about him, about how he wasn’t very good and wasn’t having a very good camp. He took it personally and was pouting in his room,” the source said. “It’s very strange. I have no idea what’s going on. He might have a personal issue.”

While it was evident Sam didn’t mingle with his teammates during practice, that may have simply been for concentration purposes. “He kind of stuck to himself,” the source said.

So, yeah. Something weird is going on.

Stay tuned as the Sam saga rages on — as it surely will.

[H/T: Montreal Gazette]