Michael Sam’s upcoming OWN reality show has been indefinitely postponed after the football player’s agents realized that it will piss off his team honchos and cost him his place in the Rams team.
The NFL first openly gay player’s plan to let Oprah Winfrey’s cameras follow him as he tries to make it to the St Louis Rams drew an instant backlash when OWN announced it on Wednesday, with many people wondering whether NFL or the Rams knew or approved of the project given the fact that it will be a big distraction.
But after Sam’s agent met with the Rams on the issue on Friday, it became clear that the team never knew of the show when they drafted him, talk more of approving it.
So on Friday, OWN released a statement announcing the postponement.
‘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,’ reads the statement by OWN president Eric Logan. ‘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.’
Sam’s agent Cameron Weiss also released a statement confirming the cancellation.
‘After today’s meeting with the Rams, we felt it is best to postpone the project. This will allow for Michael to have total focus on football, and will ensure no distractions to his teammates,’ Weiss said. ‘Everybody involved remains committed to project and understands its historical importance as well as its positive message.’