The Canadian Football League has fined Montreal Alouettes slotback Arland Bruce III and Winnipeg Blue Bombers defensive tackle Bryant Turner, puishment stemming from them. "making inappropriate comments on social media towards openly gay professional athletes.

Bruce, 36, wrote on his Twitter account that openly gay NFL draft prospect Michael Sam should "get on his knees and submit fully to God," among other comments.

"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 in a statement. "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."

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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun