Arland Bruce III had some great moments in Montreal, including presenting a ball to Rob Ford.Just over two weeks after veteran CFL receiver Arland Bruce III drew a fine and a denunciation from the league for homophobic comments on Instagram about gay NFL prospect Michael Sam, the Montreal Alouettes have decided to part ways with him. The team announced Wednesday that they had released Bruce, and it seems likely that his comments were a primary factor in the decision, and perhaps even the sole factor. The timing is curious, though; if the plan after those comments was to cut ties with Bruce, waiting two weeks seems odd, especially considering that the team put out a statement the day after his comments disavowing them, but not mentioning any further punishment. Regardless of their motivation, though, their decision may mean that Bruce's CFL career is over.
It appears probable that Bruce's comments played a major role in the Alouettes' decision to cut him. His remarks created an international firestorm of attention, drawing articles everywhere from Outsports to Pro Football Talk, and they sparked plenty of anger at both Bruce and the Alouettes' organization, with plenty of fans calling for his release on Twitter. It's possible that the team initially elected to stick with Bruce, but that they got sick of the ongoing negative reaction and determined that he wasn't worth it.Read More »from Alouettes release Arland Bruce two weeks after his homophobic comments, which could spell the end of his CFL career