The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) announced it plans to postpone a reality television show about St. Louis Rams defensive end Michael Sam.
Last weekend, Sam made sports history when he was the first openly gay player drafted by an NFL team.
Soon after joining the Rams, Sam agreed earlier this week to star in a reality show on OWN about his life.
However, over the last 24 hours it appears a change of plans is afoot.
Following a meeting with Sam’s agent, Cameron Weiss, and the St. Louis Rams word trickled out that Sam’s project would be placed on the backburner.
OWN president Erik Logan released a statement on the matter:
“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 said in a statement.
If Sam wants to be treated fairly, he must be extremely careful. Starring in a reality show tracking his progress isn’t a good start.
OWN and Sam’s camp made the right call. A reality show could have greatly damaged his chances of making the team and in turn, ruined his future prospects within the league if he doesn’t catch on the Rams.
Sam’s focus should be football and making himself into a television star before taking care of business in the NFL.