by Aaron Wilson
May 16, 02014
A documentary series on St. Louis Rams defensive end Michael Sam has been postponed, according to the Oprah Winfrey Network.
Sam is the first openly gay current NFL player.
"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 saidin 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."
Sam's agent, Cameron Weiss, met with the Rams today.
"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 project and understands its historical importance as well as its positive message."
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun