U.S. net OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network has postponed its docuseries on the NFL’s first openly gay football player Michael Sam (pictured).
The network said on Friday (May 16) that it would be postponing the multi-part series, just two days after the project was officially greenlit.
The series planned to spotlight the former University of Missouri football player as he prepared to join the St. Louis Rams and deal with the scrutiny of being an openly gay 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 dream of making the team,” said Erik Logan, president of OWN, in a statement.
“OWN is about elevating and empowering people to achieve their best,” he added. “It’s clear that we, along with the world, recognize the important opportunity that Michael now 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 added: “After today’s meeting with the Rams, we collectively feel it is best to postpone the project. This will allow for Michael to have a 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.”