Michael Sam & NFL Kept OWN Television Show A Secret From Teams
Usually as a seventh round draft pick notoriety has to be earned through hard work and a little bit of luck as a player tries to make the roster.
In the case of Michael Sam, NFL’s first openly gay player, he is going to be the most famous seventh round pick after getting drafted by the St. Louis Rams and announcing a brand new television show on Oprah Winfrey’s network OWN.
According to Joe Strauss of the St. Lous Post-Dispatch none of the 32 teams actually knew about a possible reality show involving Sam. However, the NFL did know what Sam’s place were as he entered the world of the NFL.
As the report states, the Rams knew one day after making the pick.
Sam told the Rams on Saturday that he only wants to be a football player. The Rams believed him and publicly insisted he’d be treated as any other seventh-round pick.
“We’ve already talked to Michael and his people and told them he’s here to play football,” Snead told the Post-Dispatch before Sam appeared at a Tuesday press conference.
Strauss continues later in the article by saying that players had already complained to upper management about the decision.
Sam absolutely has the right to make his life a reality show. That’s his right. But for someone who said that he wanted it to be all about football, just to go around and potentially give the team an even larger media presence it already does due to his decision to me is irresponsible. Even if the NFL itself knew.
He hasn’t even officially made the team yet!
What do you think about his decision?