Representatives for Michael Sam and the Oprah Winfrey Network have decided to postpone a documentary that was announced earlier this week.
The network had planned to follow Sam–the NFL’s first openly gay player–during his daily life as he tried to make an NFL roster, this coming one week after he was taken in the 7th round of the NFL Draft last week by the St. Louis Rams. They would have as many as eight shows on the subject. Cameron Weiss, Sam’s agent, put out a statement about the decision.
“After today’s meeting with the Rams, we felt it is best to postpone the project,” Weiss said in a statement. “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.”
NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told ESPN.com that the league had no knowledge this plan was in place before the draft, and there was no agreement to use protected league footage to help in the documentary.
Sam starred for Missouri this past season. He was a unanimous all-american and was co-defensive player of the year in the SEC. A two-star prospect coming out of high school, he finished his career at Missouri with 123 tackles, 36 tackles for loss, 21 sacks, six forced fumbles and 2 INTs. He graduated from Mizzou in December.