Michael Sam signed a two-year deal with the Alouettes but left during training camp on June 12th for personal reasons. At the time he stated.
"I was always coming back," he said. "I had to deal with personal matters when I was home. That’s all taken care of, so now I’m back."
Yesterday, the Montreal Alouettes faced the Edmonton Eskimos but Sam was left off the lineup and was placed on the injured list for one game.
Then today Michael Sam announced on twitter that he was going to step away from football for mental health 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 1/3— Michael Sam (@MichaelSamNFL) August 14, 2015
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 2/3— Michael Sam (@MichaelSamNFL) August 14, 2015
you all for your understanding and support. 3/3— Michael Sam (@MichaelSamNFL) August 14, 2015
Personally, I'm hoping that Sam finds the support and care that he needs to handle his life even if it means he never plays another down of football.
Good luck Michael.