Michael Sam will be in a new reality TV show on the Oprah Winfrey Network

Michael Sam will have his own TV show on Oprah's network

5/15/14 in NFL   |   Pat   |   5230 respect

May 13, 2014; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Rams seventh round pick defensive end Michael Sam talks with the media during a press conference at Rams Park. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY SportsMichael Sam, the SEC co-defensive player of the year, was drafted in the 7th round of the NFL Draft. In the past 6 years, the SEC DPOY has gone no lower than 17th overall in the draft.

It would appear as though Sam's hopes of just being treated as a normal football player aren't coming to fruition quite yet, or he would have been drafted a LOT earlier.

Fortunately for Sam, the Oprah Winfrey Network has found a way for him to make a little bit of extra money to supplement all the money he lost by plummeting in the draft. They'll be filming a reality TV show about his life and his draft process.

They just made the announcement yesterday via Twitter, and apparently this comes as a huge surprise to many in the sports media business.

Sports Illustrated senior writer Peter King was quick to admonish Sam, pointing out what he believed to be a double standard.
 

"I just wish you guys would see me as Michael Sam the football player, not Michael Sam the gay football player." --Sam, Feb. 22, 2014

— Peter King (@SI_PeterKing) May 15, 2014
 

"We're proud to announce our new docuseries with history-making football player @MichaelSamNFL." --Oprah Winfrey Network, today.

— Peter King (@SI_PeterKing) May 15, 2014
 

Then, @ChrisWarcraft, why make the statement you want to be treated as a football player, not a gay football player?

— Peter King (@SI_PeterKing) May 15, 2014
 
Does King have a point? Is Sam being disingenuous?

Quite frankly, no.

Michael Sam has told people exactly how he wants to be treated. Like a football player. Unfortunately, that's not how everyone is going to treat him. It's just not going to happen.

When OWN approached him with the idea to film a reality show, they weren't treating him like any other football player. They were treating him like the first openly gay NFL player. They were treating him like a groundbreaking pioneer in a business that has taken far longer to integrate than most others.

But was Sam wrong for agreeing to the deal?

Absolutely not. 

After all, what NFL player would turn down a deal like that? Of course there's not a single player in the league, particularly among recently drafted rookies, who would turn down a chance to make some extra money. The fact that Sam was drafted in the 7th round, far later than he should have been selected, makes this an even more necessary move, financially.

Many people have already spoken out about him kissing his boyfriend after finding out that he was drafted by the Rams. Yet none of these people spoke out the same way after countless other draft picks kissed their significant others after being drafted. Of course, all those other players were kissing wives and girlfriends.

Michael Sam is continuing to do what he says he wanted to do. He's carving out a career as an NFL football player. If a TV network wants to film a show around his life, why wouldn't he accept that offer?

It's time to stop overanalyzing Michael Sam's actions and being hypercritical of every choice he makes. That's the first step.
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5/16/14   |   kobe_lova   |   61292 respect

Assuming you make the cut, you're gonna need to focus on the rookie season. Will this not be a distraction? It shouldn't be allowed season 1. (I didn't read this whole article, but I felt like the "when" wasn't discussed, if so, mah bad). And really, why? It's just much too soon for all of this, IMO. Being drafted gay is a big enough distraction as it is already. Oprah gets on my damn nerves.

5/15/14   |   Scott   |   52073 respect

Let's call it like we see it.  The only reason people are making a stink about this is because Michael Sam is a gay football player.  I don't remember people raising a fuss when Eric Decker and his wife got their reality show on the E Network.