The Canadian Football League has fined two players an undisclosed amount after negative comments about former Missouri linebacker Michael Sam, who announced Sunday that he is gay.
The CFL announced Tuesday that Winnipeg Blue Bombers defensive tackle Bryant Turner and former Montreal Alouettes wide receiver Arland Bruce are now lighter in the wallet for social media remarks regarding Sam.
"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," said CFL Commissioner Mark Cohon in a statement issued by the league (via the Winnipeg Free Press). "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 Bombers also released a statement: "It is unfortunate that Bryant made this comment through social media. Any athlete with the ability and determination has the right to succeed in their sport. Both our President/CEO and General Manager have spoken with Bryant regarding this, and those conversations will remain internal."
Turner tweeted -- then deleted -- that Sam's locker room “would come with complimentary robes,” while Bruce suggested that a combination of push-ups and submitting to God would cure Sam of his homosexuality. (In related news, Bruce misspelled "gay." Seriously.)