Michael Sam was drafted in the seventh-round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams and he was instantly one of the most talked about rookies in the league. Following his selection on the final day of the draft, it was announced that Sam was set to have a documentary filmed on Oprah’s OWN network.
The news was met with some mixed reaction with some believing Sam was making the right choice by documenting his journey as the first openly gay player in the NFL, while others believe he is a hypocrite by agreeing to do the show while telling the media that he wants to be known as only a football player and not a “gay football player.”
Well, now those discussions can be put to rest, because a decision has been made to postpone the docu-series on OWN after a discussion between Sam and the Rams.
ESPN’s Darren Rovell passed along the news Friday night.
BREAKING: The Michael Sam documentary series on OWN has been postponed
— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) May 16, 2014
While Sam had every right to do the reality show, the decision to postpone filming likely came from his reps and it is absolutely the right call.
At this point in Sam’s career, he needs to prove that he is willing to put in all of the necessary work on the field without causing distractions off of the field. By postponing the show, his sole focus can be on rookie minicamps, OTAs and training camp as he fights for a spot on the team’s roster.