As we reported recently, Oprah’s OWN Network recently ordered a docu-series that will follow Michael Sam, the openly-gay NFL draft pick, as he prepares to join the St. Louis Rams. The series will be produced by the same team behind the abruptly canceled Lindsay docu-series.
But TMZ is reporting that Sam’s agent is putting a hold on the show after he met with the Rams and realized the show could potentially be a huge distraction that would risk his chances of making the team. The NFL reportedly knew about the show, but the Rams were unaware and Sam himself was one of the few who didn’t think production would pose as any type of distraction.
Sam’s agent thinks the cameras should fall back and let Sam concentrate on his career on the field. He released this statement:
“After today’s meeting with the Rams, we collectively feel it is best to postpone the project. 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.”
When news of the show broke Wednesday, Sam spoke on his commitment to stay focused on football. But by Thursday fans and critics alike were questioning if Sam was more committed to being a celebrity or playing football. We can’t see the OWN Network completely abandoning this opportunity, so more than likely the show will be postponed to allow Sam to focus his energy into the field.
For those of us that are football challenged, can Sam actually play? It seems like we’ve heard more about his sex life than his stats.