Michael Sam documentary with Oprah put on hold

Eric Edholm
May 16, 2014
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St. Louis Rams rookie defensive end Michael Sam stretches during the team's NFL football rookie camp Friday, May 16, 2014, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Michael Sam must have gotten the message: Most people in the NFL seemed to be against his participating in a documentary with Oprah Winfrey.

According to ESPN's Chris Mortensen, plans for the documentary were put on hold, which was later confirmed by Winfrey's network (OWN).

Sam, the co-SEC Defensive Player of the Year in 2013 and a seventh-round pick of the St. Louis Rams, announced that he was gay in February. The defensive end is the first openly gay football player drafted into the NFL.

But when word of this project — which Sam's camp kept quiet about leading up to last weekend's NFL draft — was leaked, the general reaction was predominently negative. There even was anonymous backlash from some of Sam's Rams teammates.

That has led to the project being put on hold. Mortensen credited Sam's reps, but were they the ones who pushed this project on him in the first place? Or was it Sam's doing? That we do not know.

After a meeting with the Rams on Friday, Sam's agent, Cameron Weiss, said a decision to delay the project was made, according to ESPN's Darren Rovell.

"This will allow for Michael to have total focus on football, and will ensure no distractions to his teammates," Weiss told ESPN.com. "Everybody involved remains committed to this project and understands its historical importance as well as its positive message."

Either way, it's clear that Sam wants to try to make the Rams roster first before he has a camera crew following him around.

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Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at edholm@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter!