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Rams’ Chris Long Fires Back at ESPN Over Michael Sam Shower Story

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Chris Long #91 of the St. Louis Rams looks on during pre-game warm ups before playing the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park on November 11, 2012 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Chris Long #91 of the St. Louis Rams looks on during pre-game warm ups before playing the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park on November 11, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

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ST. LOUIS (CBS St. Louis) – St. Louis Rams defensive end Chris Long is firing back at ESPN over a story they reported on rookie Michael Sam’s shower habits.

ESPN reported that Sam is waiting to take a shower so he doesn’t make his teammates feel uncomfortable.

Josina Anderson, an ESPN reporter who is covering the Rams training camp, asked players about how Sam is fitting in with his new teammates and one unnamed teammate answered about Sam’s showering habits.

“Another Rams defensive player told me that ‘Sam is respecting our space’ and that, from his perspective, he seems to think that Michael Sam is kind of waiting to take a shower, as not to make his teammates feel uncomfortable,” Anderson stated on SportsCenter Tuesday.

She continued on to explain that she inquired with defensive tackle Kendall Langford and linebacker Alec Olgetree about Sam’s showering schedule. They told her that they weren’t tracking it.

Long responded to ESPN on Twitter a little later in the day, writing “Everyone but you is over it.”

Sam became the first openly gay football player drafted when the Rams took him in the seventh round in April’s NFL Draft.

The Southeastern Conference defensive player of the year with 11½ sacks for Missouri, he is likely competing with undrafted Ethan Westbrooks for a backup spot on the team’s defensive line.

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