OWN Postpones Michael Sam TV Series

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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.”

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  1. Dick Delson says:

    So he’s gay. Judge him on his football skills. His sexuality is no one’s business. But idiot right wingers will make it there’s.

  2. deadre says:

    doesn’t get any more stupid than coming up with this idea and then releasing it to the public. OWN takes another hit for the opportunism of this idea.

  3. MarkMc says:

    Especially since with the talent the Rams have the best he’ll probably do is make the practice squad. This publicity stunt has been a debacle since the get-go; shame on OWN, Logan and Weiss for trying to make it more than what it is…What a joke!

  4. Doug Deaton says:

    Good idea to scratch this concept. The whole point is that he wants to be a football player, and not a media “football.” The animosity that could be created by those in his locker room moving forward could sour everything he has worked for. Such a series is for “digestion” by the interested public, but could spell doom for his fledgling career. Time for the “uniqueness” hysteria following this man to totally back off and let him do his work and earn his way onto the team!

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