Michael Sam’s football career has hit another road bump.
The Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League have placed him on the suspended list after the former Missouri star defensive end and first openly gay player drafted by an NFL team unexpectedly left training camp last week and returned home to Texas.
“He wanted to go home, and that’s what he did. I don’t know why,” general manager Jim Popp told the Montreal Gazette. “When a guy wants to go home, they go home. He had some personal things to take care of.
Popp said the door is open for Sam’s return but it’s unlikely: “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.”
The newspaper also reported that Sam may have overreacted to a comment 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 told the Gazette. “It’s very strange. I have no idea what’s going on. He might have a personal issue.”
The St. Louis Rams drafted Sam in the seventh round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He was cut by the Rams and spent a month on the Dallas Cowboys practice roster.
He signed with the CFL team in May.