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Alouettes cut ties with veteran wide receiver Bruce III

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TSN.ca Staff
2/27/2014 10:08:00 AM
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The Montreal Alouettes have parted ways with Arland Bruce III.

The veteran wide receiver, who has played 12 seasons in the CFL, spent last year with the Als after stints with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Toronto Argonauts, Hamilton Tiger-Cats and B.C. Lions.

In his only season with Montreal, Bruce caught 64 passes for 851 yard and five touchdowns.

The 36-year-old Bruce made headlines earlier this month when he went to his Instagram account to make anti-gay remarks in regards to Missouri defensive end Michael Sam's announcement that he is gay. The team fined Bruce for his comments.

"Our organization supports all types of diversity," said Alouettes general manager Jim Popp at the time. "Every individual is unique and free to make his or her own choices. We evaluate players, coaches and support staff based on their skill set and not by gender, colour, religion or sexual orientation. The Montreal Alouettes have a simple criteria to determine who can be a member of our organization. We seek individuals who will make a positive contribution to our team goals and to the Montreal community."

Though the comments certainly didn't endear Bruce to Als management, they weren't cited as a reason for his release.

Bruce's high salary considerations and the fact that Montreal and new head coach Tom Higgins would like to start two Canadians at wide receiver this year were the two main factors in his release.

"The Alouettes would like to thank Arland for his hard work and contributions last season," Popp said in a statement on Wednesday evening. "Through the challenges we faced, he played multiple roles on game day and came to work every day with the determination to win. We wish Arland the best in his future endeavours."

Arland Bruce (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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