ST. LOUIS (CBS St. Louis/AP) — World Wrestling Entertainment has invited Michael Sam to “Raw” next Monday to tell his side of the story.
The WWE is giving an “open mic” to Sam if the first openly gay football player drafted shows up to “Raw” in Baltimore on Sept. 8.
“2013 @SEC Defensive Player of Year & @NFL @STLouisRams draft pick @MichaelSamNFL invited to @WWE #RAW next week!” the WWE said in a tweet.[tweet https://twitter.com/WWE/status/506610952201310208 width=’330′]
The St. Louis Rams released Sam on Saturday. The Rams took him in the seventh round during April’s NFL Draft.
Sam has yet to respond to WWE’s invitation. Coincidentally, “Raw” is up against “Monday Night Football” on ESPN next week.
Sam cleared waivers and is currently a free agent after no team picked him up. The Rams did not sign Sam for the team’s practice squad.
Sam showed up for his face-to-face exit meeting with Rams coach Jeff Fisher Sunday, a few hours after clearing waivers.
He arrived via the media entrance at Rams Parka still looking right at home clad in a T-shirt, shorts and flip flops. He shook hands with two reporters and accepted well wishes but declined further comment before heading upstairs to see the coach who wasn’t afraid to add the first openly gay player to the roster.
Fisher said numerous times during his post cutdown-day news conference Saturday that releasing the SEC co-defensive player of the year was a “football decision.” Sam was outplayed in the preseason by Ethan Westbrooks, the Rams’ top target when signing undrafted free agents.
The coach pointed out four other late-round picks were released, and thought it a sign the franchise is on the upswing.
There were no regrets. Fisher and Sam both said it was never a distraction, and the coach believed that would be the case if Sam landed with another team.
“There were no issues, that’s the thing,” Fisher said. “No issues in the team meeting room, on the field, anyplace.”
The meeting with Sam was postponed a day so he could attend Missouri’s opening victory over South Dakota State.
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