Michael Sam’s dreams will play out on the gridiron before the small screen. His untitled docu-series, slated to air on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN this year, has been postponed, according to an announcement made by the network and Sam’s reps.
“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. “OWN is about elevating and empowering people to achieve their best. It’s clear that we, along with the world, recognize the opportunity that Michael has in this moment. We will continue to support him in his journey to earn a spot playing for the Rams.”
St. Louis Rams defensive end draftee’s agent, Cameron Weiss, met with the team and confirmed that the docu-series would be better left for later. “After today’s meeting with the Rams, we felt it is best to postpone the project,” Weiss said. “This will allow for Michael to have 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.”
OWN had announced Wednesday that they had acquired the rights to a series based on the first openly gay NFL draft player, that would reportedly follow him in his personal life as he tried to make the Rams.