Citing a need to allow him to focus on his football career, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network has announced that it is postponing its planned TV series centered around openly gay football player Michael Sam.
The still-untitled documentary special, which was announced on Wednesday, promised to follow the former University of Missouri athlete who was recently drafted by the St. Louis Rams during his “historic journey as he prepares to enter the biggest professional sports league in America.” An air date had not been set.
“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,” said Erik Logan, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network prexy. “OWN is about elevating and empowering people to achieve their best. 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.”
“After today’s meeting with the Rams, we collectively feel it is best to postpone the project,” said Cameron Weiss of Empire Athletes, who reps Sam. “This will allow for Michael to have a total focus on football, and will ensure no distractions to his teammates. Everybody involved remains committed to this project and understands its historical importance as well as its positive message.”