The NFL's first openly gay player has left the CFL team that gave him another shot at a professional football career.
Michael Sam left the Montreal Alouettes' training camp this week, RDS reporter Didier Orméjuste tweeted Friday.
The team later confirmed that Sam had left, saying that he had "special permission" to leave and go home for "personal reasons."
Orméjuste tweeted that he could still come back.
The Alouettes have confirmed Michael Sam's departure from the team for personal reasons. The door is till open for an eventual return. #CFL— Didier Orméjuste (@DidierRDS) June 12, 2015
TSN 690 reporter Rick Moffat earlier ran into the defensive player at Montreal's Pierre Trudeau International Airport.
— Rick Moffat (@RickMoffat) June 12, 2015
TSN reported an illness was already expected to sideline the player for the Alouettes' preseason matchup with the Ottawa Redblacks in Quebec City on Saturday.
Montreal Gazette writer Herb Zurkowsky tweeted that he had a migraine.
I'm told Michael Sam had a migraine headache yesterday. I don't see him today either at #Alouettes walk-through.— Herb Zurkowsky (@HerbZurkowsky1) June 12, 2015
Sam became the NFL's first openly gay player when he was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in 2014.
But the Rams cut him and he later joined the Dallas Cowboys' practice squad. The team waived him.
Alouettes general manager Jim Popp said Sam was considered a "tweener" by NFL clubs, reported NBC News, meaning he didn't quite have the right body to play linebacker or defensive end, but could work well for the Canadian game.
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