ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Don’t set your DVR — the Oprah Winfrey Network announces it’s postponing a documentary series starring Michael Sam.
The prospect of a show had prompted at least one unnamed St. Louis Rams player to question if cameras could become a distraction for the team.
The series was to have taken an up-close look at the openly gay football player recently drafted by the Rams. Cameras were planned to follow the former University of Missouri football star as he works to earn a spot on the team’s roster.
Cameron Weiss, Sam’s agent, told ESPN that the network had no plans to shoot Sam at practice or during any on-field activities at the team’s facility.
“We’re not going to be interviewing any players. We’re not going to have coaches, front office or teammates be a part of this. We’re not going to be at meeting, and we’re not going to be at the team facility or hotel.”
The Rams said they didn’t know anything about the project before they drafted Sam. The league also denied knowledge of the series before the draft.
“No way,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told NFL Media‘s Albert Breer when asked if the NFL was aware of the series. “Did not know anything about it until after the draft and have not agreed to anything about it.”
No details about the postponement of the series — including the reasons why, and when it could be resurrected — were immediately available.
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