Michael Sam‘s career as a professional footballer has been nothing if not dramatic.
It all started in February 2014 when he told the New York Times and ESPN that he wanted to be the first openly gay NFL player in the United States. Since then he was drafted to play for the St. Louis Rams, then let go, then picked up by the Dallas Cowboys, then let go.
After a brief stint on Dancing With The Stars, Sam joined the Canadian Football League’s Montreal Alouettes in June, only to abruptly leave for “personal reasons” less then three weeks into the practice season. He returned a few weeks after that and finally made his on-field debut with the team just last week, where he failed to record a tackle.
Now, it looks like he’s leaving the team again.
“The last 12 months have been very difficult for me, to the point where I became concerned with my mental health,” Sam announced on Twitter Friday night. “Because of this I am going to step away from the game at this time.”
He continued, “I thank the Alouettes for this opportunity and hope to be back on the field soon. Thank you for all your understanding and support.”
Since writing the tweet, Sam has been keeping a very low profile. He hasn’t made any additional statements and has remained absent on social media.