We hope he comes back!
After Sam asked special permission so that he could leave training camp and return home last week, Jim Popp, the Alouettes’ general manager said of the decision:
“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.”
A source close to the team spoke with the Gazette and also mentioned that the reason for Sam’s departure and “personal reasons” may have had something to do with a comment that was made to him by another player. The source says:
“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. It’s very strange. I have no idea what’s going on. He might have a personal issue.”
Sam was the first openly gay player to get drafted in the NFL in 2014. He was drafted in the seventh round by the St. Louis Rams. After the Rams cut him last year, he spent time on the Dallas Cowboys‘ practice squad before he ended up signing with Montreal a month ago.
We really hope this isn’t the end of Sam’s career, but either way, we hope he can work those “personal problems” out, whatever they may be.
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