ESPN Apologizes for Report on Michael Sam’s Showering Habits

Courtesy of ESPN

ESPN issued a statement on Wednesday apologizing for comments made on “SportsCenter” regarding St. Louis Rams defensive end Michael Sam’s showering habits.

The response follows a report by Josina Anderson on Tuesday that relayed comments about Sam, the first openly gay player on an NFL roster. One comment, from a defensive player on the team, said that Sam “is waiting to take a shower, as not to make his teammates feel uncomfortable.”

“ESPN regrets the manner in which we presented our report,” the network said in a statement. “Clearly yesterday we collectively failed to meet the standards we have set in reporting on LGBT-related topics in sports.”

Sam recently had an OWN documentary project about his success postponed to allow him to focus on his career and has not yet commented on the incident.

The news follows a wave of other controversial news from ESPN. In July, the network suspended “First Take” host Stephen A. Smith after comments he made about domestic violence while discussing Ray Rice. Host Max Kellerman was temporarily suspended after his admittance on radio show “Mason & Ireland” that he once hit his girlfriend.

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  1. Dawn says:

    why are these people so stupid? how is it anyone’s business how/why or when anybody takes a shower?

  2. Denise says:

    ESPN has mostly insensitive people like this women and Stephen A. Smith working for them, who open their mouths before their brains are engaged. How many times are they going to have apologize or suspend one of the people that work there, before they realize these so called reporters or whatever you would call them don’t know how to talk about anything other than sports & they shouldn’t be allowed to.

  3. MarinDem says:

    When does Josina Anderson get to enter the locker room? Is it along with all the other male reporters or does she wait until the players are all decent. Sounds to me like she is just jealous and more interested in using Michael Sams to boost her own career. I never even heard of this woman until her story came out…pun intended LOL Michael is trying to be respectful and she turns it into a spectacle. Shame on you….uh…was it….Josina who ?

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