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.