WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – Recently drafted St. Louis Rams prospect Michael Sam, who aims to be the first openly gay payer to make an NFL roster, caused a stir Wednesday when the Oprah Winfrey Network announced Wednesday it would follow Sam’s “historic journey” to the NFL with a documentary.
Sam reportedly hadn’t informed the Rams, who drafted Sam 249th overall last weekend, of his plans to film his path to the NFL, or any other potential draft suitors for that matter, according to CBS Sports, for fear it would prevent him from getting drafted.
“According to ESPN.com, Sam and his representatives had known about the documentary prior to the NFL Draft, but they didn’t tell the Rams or any other team before the draft because they thought it would keep Sam from getting picked. Sam ended up getting taken in the seventh round with the 249th overall pick.”
The same report cites multiple unnamed players on the Rams roster as saying the documentary could become a bit of “distraction.”
Of the many miffed by the announcement is 106.7 The Fan’s Lavar Arrington, who feels a victim of Sam’s perceived cloak and dagger tactics in revealing his documentary plans. Arrington reacted on the radio Thursday afternoon.