Senior linebacker Michael Divinity left the LSU football team Monday according to reports that coach Ed Orgeron has since confirmed. On Monday afternoon, Divinity tried to explain his decision in an Instagram post.

“I am taking some time off to focus on a personal matter and just wanted to say thank you to my coaches, teammates, and the entire LSU community for your continued help and support,” Divinity wrote on Instagram. “I am sorry I can’t be on the field for you guys. My goal is to get myself back to 100% in time to graduate in December and be back on the field fighting with my brothers soon.”

He continued: “This is an incredibly difficult time for me, and it means so much to me that so many people have reached out — knowing you all have my back will make the next short while a lot easier. Thank you all. I got this, I promise you.”

Check out his full Instagram post below:


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Divinity was a team leader and started 11 games last season. Against Texas, he posted 10 tackles. Losing him during Alabama week is not ideal at all, but it is a reminder that there are more things in life than football.