There’s been a non-stop stream of reactions to Michael Sam’s public revelation that he’s gay over the last three days and two CFL players have been reprimanded by the league for their responses on social media.
Montreal slotback Arland Bruce III suggested Sam “get on your knees and submit to God fully” among less printable suggestions in a diatribe that also featured a misspelling of the word “gay.” Winnipeg defensive tackle Bryant Turner tweeted and deleted that Sam’s locker room “would come with complimentary robes,” which is far less profane but deemed worthy of a fine all the same.
The comments made by these players are extremely disappointing and do not represent the CFL’s views or the views of the vast majority of our players,” CFL Commissioner Mark Cohon said. “The CFL is supportive of openly gay athletes in professional sports and we commend the courage shown by Michael Sam. During the off-season, we have been working with an organization that specializes in this subject and look forward to announcing a formal partnership with them in the near future.”
The amount of the fines were not announced.