St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher is not very happy with ESPN reporter Josina Anderson, who passed along a report earlier this week about the showering habits of defensive end Michael Sam.
The story didn’t sit well with a number of fans and fellow members of the media, and the Rams didn’t appreciate the story either.
Fellow Rams defensive end Chris Long made a brief comment on social media telling ESPN to get over the Michael Sam story because everyone else has, and now Rams head coach Jeff Fisher has blasted Anderson for her “unethical” and “very, very unprofessional” report on Sam’s showering.
“Obviously she came in, in all likelihood to see if there was gonna be a roster move at the 75 cutdown as it relates to Mike Sam. That didn’t happen. But she needed to do something, and it’s my understanding that she manufactured this story,” Fisher told the St. Louis Post Dispatch.
Fisher also stated that Anderson violated the team’s media policy with her report.
“We have a media policy, and we’re very flexible. We have open practices. Players are available. We have open locker rooms … She was out of line because she went and contacted several players on their personal time.”
ESPN should have been smarter than to run a story of this nature, and they have already apologized, but more importantly Anderson should have more of a professional approach and respect for the NFL locker room than to go digging for a story that isn’t really there.
Anderson’s report provided no valuable insight into the Rams team. All it did was cause a distraction that didn’t need to be there and she put everyone on the Rams roster in a bad spot.
“I’m disappointed for Mike,” Fisher added. “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.”