John Wildhack, head of production and programming for ESPN, called the St. Louis Rams and its head coach Jeff to apologize for the now infamous report the network aired about Michael Sam’s showering habits, according to the St. Louis Post Dispatch.
“We appreciate John Wildhack reaching out to us and apologizing, and their willingness to communicate and work through this with us,” Fisher said.
ESPN received widespread criticism for a Josina Anderson report that focused on which Rams players Sam, the NFL’s first openly gay NFL player, had not showered with.
Fisher was among the many that found the information in the report unnecessary, disrespectful and irrelevant.
“I’m extremely disappointed in her piece,” Fisher told the Post-Dispatch on Wednesday, not long before the team boarded buses for Lambert Airport and the trip to Miami for Thursday’s preseason finale.
“I think it’s unethical,” Fisher continued. “I think it’s very, very unprofessional. Not only the piece itself, the content. The manner in which she did it.”
“I’m disappointed for Mike,” Fisher said. “I’m disappointed for the players who she put in this position, and mostly I’m disappointed for her because she felt what she was doing was right _ and it wasn’t right.”
On top of calling the Rams and Fisher, ESPN made a public apology about the report, calling it a “collective failure.”
The Rams drafted Sam in the seventh round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He has racked up three sacks this preseason and is fighting to make the Rams’ final 53-man roster.