When word rang out that the Oprah Winfrey Network planned on committing their resources to a Michael Sam documentary, many sports analysts and pundits raised their eyebrows at a potential distraction to the NFL.
It seems that they were right because after careful consideration, the St. Louis Rams and OWN have agreed to put the project on ice, for now.
Reports The Grio:
Erik Logan, president of the network, said Friday that the postponement was made after meetings with the St. Louis Rams.
“After careful consideration and discussion with the St. Louis Rams, ‘The Untitled Michael Sam Project’ has been postponed, allowing Michael the best opportunity to achieve his dream of making the team,” Logan said in a statement.
“It’s clear that we, along with the world, recognize the important opportunity that Michael now has in this moment. We will continue to support him in his journey to earn a spot playing for the Rams.”
“This (postponement) will allow for Michael to have a total focus on football, and will ensure no distractions to his teammates,” added Sam’s agent, Cameron Weiss. “Everybody involved remains committed to this project and understands its historical importance as well as its positive message.”
Sam garnered nationwide attention when he announced his sexual orientation prior to entering the NFL draft. The reactions were varied between praise and disdain.
He was a late seventh round pick but he historically became the first openly gay player to drafted into the league.