Oprah's OWN Network Puts Michael Sam Docu-Series on Hold

The Michael Sam docu-series announced earlier this week has been put on hold, Oprah Winfrey's OWN network announced late on Friday.

7_samSaid OWN President Erik Logan:

“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 dream of making the team.  OWN is about elevating and empowering people to achieve their best.  It’s clear that we, along with the world, recognize the important opportunity that Michael now has in this moment.  We will continue to support him in his journey to earn a spot playing for the Rams."

Cameron Weiss of Empire Athletes, Michael Sam’s agent, added:

"After today's meeting with the Rams, we collectively feel it is best to postpone the project.  This will allow for Michael to have a 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 had been criticized as a 'distraction' for Sam, and it was reported that the Rams had not known about plans for the documentary before drafting Sam.

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  1. After the initial excitement (and publicity)...?

    Posted by: Starship Captain | May 16, 2014 8:25:03 PM

  2. Good decision

    Posted by: JP | May 16, 2014 8:25:04 PM

  3. Thank You Oprah!

    Posted by: Frogview | May 16, 2014 8:40:14 PM

  4. The problem is that Howard Bragman may be a whiz in the entertainment world but doesn't know anything about sports. Unfortunately, Sam is giving the impression that he is more interested in publicity and other ventures than with making an actual contribution to the team - much like the sad case of Robbie Rogers. Thank God we have real athletes like Jason Collins to be proud of.

    Posted by: Little Twatti | May 16, 2014 8:47:33 PM

  5. Good point. Focus on the game and making this all feel justified.

    Posted by: Mikey | May 16, 2014 8:51:46 PM

  6. Looks like he has to put off his attention seeking whore nature until after he fails to make the Rams team.

    Posted by: Perry | May 16, 2014 8:55:31 PM

  7. Oh well, Oprah can still play around with Lindsay Lohan's reality show.......

    Posted by: David From Canada | May 16, 2014 9:03:56 PM

  8. OWN is about exploiting people to get ratings, in order to salvage one of Oprah's losing propositions. If it is "postponed" it probably may never happen, as Michael's football career may be lackluster. "Empowering" is code for bull----.

    Posted by: GEB | May 16, 2014 9:09:53 PM

  9. Good decision. While I understand that Oprah is a huge ally, the proposed show was ill-timed and had the air of celebrity marketing about it. Let the man play for a few seasons and then maybe do a show.

    Posted by: petey | May 16, 2014 9:10:06 PM

  10. Sorry @GEB, but OWN can't "exploit" anyone that doesn't want to be "exploited".

    Posted by: Perry | May 16, 2014 9:26:46 PM

  11. Gee, I said this earlier today mentioning the ESPN column stating he should be fired if he didn't, and was called all sort of things.

    Posted by: Mike | May 16, 2014 9:34:45 PM

  12. I'm glad, too much too soon.

    Posted by: Patrick | May 16, 2014 9:51:07 PM

  13. When I heard they were planning this, I thought this was ridiculous. Michael needs space to focus on his game. Maybe a few years down the road, after he has finished his career (and hopefully he will do well and have a long career) it will be time for a documentary. But not now. In a sense, a documentary right now is like awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to Obama when he was just beginning his presidency.

    Posted by: john patrick | May 16, 2014 9:59:47 PM

  14. This is a very smart move. People will try to put a lot of distractions in front of Michael Sam this year, but his focus needs to be making the team, and showing the other players that he deserves to be in the NFL. He can learn a lot from the way Tim Tebow's handlers mismanaged the media hoopla.

    Posted by: Cadence | May 16, 2014 10:22:01 PM

  15. Who can so "No!" to Oprah? Certainly not Gayle...

    Posted by: GEB | May 16, 2014 10:33:57 PM

  16. Michael Sam needs to start saying no to interviews and concentrate on making the team.

    Posted by: Merv | May 16, 2014 11:06:36 PM

  17. close call, big mistake narrowly averted, it is to he hoped, in time

    Posted by: bandanajack | May 16, 2014 11:10:45 PM

  18. Because a reality show -- any type of reality show -- would have made him a less likely candidate for the team. Good thing somebody figured that out in time.

    Posted by: Elsewhere1010 | May 16, 2014 11:29:18 PM

  19. why is howard bragman his agent? so strange. he's not a sports agent at all.michael sam has no future if he doesn't get a real agent.

    Posted by: david | May 16, 2014 11:37:27 PM

  20. Good call on this one. Be a great football player, Michael. You don't need Oprah. You need the Rams. Go be one.

    Posted by: Randy | May 16, 2014 11:46:59 PM

  21. Is there any public gay person in America untouched by Howard Bragman's octopus tentacles?

    Posted by: petey | May 17, 2014 12:30:25 AM

  22. I agree. Fire Howard Bragman and get a real agent.

    Posted by: Merv | May 17, 2014 1:42:38 AM

  23. Smart move. Sam's star factor is only going to rise as he becomes more important to the team. Right now is the tip of the iceberg.

    Posted by: Lu | May 17, 2014 3:24:45 AM

  24. Good decision. Sam needs to focus on the sport right now without distractions

    Posted by: jjose712 | May 17, 2014 4:57:13 AM

  25. He's the dumbs that let it get away from being about hime being a football player, to it being about him being a gay football player!!!! People want to see a good player. They could care less if he's gay if he's got REAL talent! But he allowed for it to get muddled with his sexuality and to major football fans it's a turn off. Not because they're homophobic, but because it distracts from the game. A gem where sexuality has no place on the field either hetero or homo!!!

    Posted by: He's a dunce | May 17, 2014 5:29:59 AM

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