Michael Sam's OWN documentary series put on hold
On Friday (May 16), The Oprah Winfrey Network put the docu-series that was initially set to feature the first openly gay NFL player on hold, ESPN reports.
"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 dreams of making the team," OWN president Erik Logan says in a statement. "OWN is about elevating and empowering people to achieve their best. It's clear that we, along with the world, recognize the opportunity that Michael has in this moment. We will continue to support him in his journey to earn a spot playing for the Rams."
It seems like the decision came from both sides, not just OWN. "After today's meeting with the Rams, we felt it is best to postpone the project," Sam's agent Cameron Weiss says. "This will allow for Michael to have 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."
The project was first announced on Wednesday (May 14), just days after Sam made history by becoming the first openly gay draft pick in NFL history. The series was supposed to follow Sam as he tried to make the St. Louis Rams, but both the Rams and the NFL didn't know about the series before it was announced, and OWN had not been granted the ability to use any NFL footage or logos for the show.