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.

Posted May 16, 2014 at 8:21pm ETC by Andy Towle
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