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Michael Sam gets a reality show on Oprah’s network

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Rams defensive end Michael Sam is getting a reality show.

The Oprah Winfrey Network announced today that it is working with Sam on a reality TV project that will show his life as the first openly gay player in the NFL.

“We are honored that Michael is trusting us with his private journey in this moment that has not only made history but will shape it forever,” Oprah Winfrey said in a statement. “I am proud of the focus on authentic storytelling in our new documentary series format.”

There’s been no word on how much access the Rams will give the reality TV cameras, but it wouldn’t be surprising if the team has some qualms about it. NFL teams generally prefer for their rookies to put all their energy into football, not outside projects. That’s why A.J. McCarron quickly distanced himself from it when his fiancee, Katherine Webb, was reportedly in talks for a reality show. And that may be why Sam, in a statement, made clear that his focus is on making the team.

“Like every player out there working to make a team right now, my focus is on playing football to the very best of my ability,” said Sam. “I am determined. And if seeing my story helps somebody else accept who they are and to go for their dreams too, that’s great. I am thankful to Oprah for her support and excited to work together.”

Working with Oprah will be nice, but working for Jeff Fisher is what Sam really needs to do in the next three months, if he still wants to be a Ram in four months.

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239 Responses to “Michael Sam gets a reality show on Oprah’s network”
  1. raiders4lyfe17 says: May 14, 2014 7:15 PM

    Well this is the final straw, I’m done with the sam stuff, also they showed way too much on tv with that cake

  2. deepseabreeze says: May 14, 2014 7:15 PM

    Clearly this guy ‘just wants to play football’. Dude, focus on the field. You have enough issues to face on the gridiron as it is.

  3. mackcarrington says: May 14, 2014 7:16 PM

    I thought this was exactly what he DIDN’T want to do.

  4. momotaroskp says: May 14, 2014 7:18 PM

    Micheal Sam showing he’s a fraud. “I only care about football”quote of his was full of crap!

  5. jattsoorma says: May 14, 2014 7:18 PM

    im sure his teammates love this

  6. NoWearMan says: May 14, 2014 7:18 PM

    that is so sam……

  7. feloniusfarter says: May 14, 2014 7:18 PM

    Anyone surprised ?

  8. redfield11 says: May 14, 2014 7:18 PM

    And y’all were worried he’d create a media circus, ha!

  9. nowillrepeat says: May 14, 2014 7:19 PM

    Hope he gets cut in camp

  10. jimnaizeeum says: May 14, 2014 7:19 PM

    Seems like a nice enough guy, and I don’t really care about him being gay.
    But it doesn’t sound like a DVR alert.

  11. mrbigass says: May 14, 2014 7:20 PM

    He’ll probably make the first round of cuts for PC purposes but doubt he makes the 53…..

  12. mike8016 says: May 14, 2014 7:21 PM

    He won’t have an NFL job for long if he does things like this

  13. Magyver says: May 14, 2014 7:22 PM

    He “made it clear that his focus is on making the team”? Maybe to you, but not to me. From day one it seemed like he wanted to be famous, period.

  14. daddy619 says: May 14, 2014 7:22 PM

    Circus in St.Louis

  15. craigkintexas says: May 14, 2014 7:22 PM

    OMG! Horrible.

  16. pathsovglory says: May 14, 2014 7:22 PM

    Naturally…

  17. 49faithful says: May 14, 2014 7:22 PM

    What a circus. This guy should be focused on football but instead he is playing in Hollywood. I now wonder if he knew he couldn’t make it in the NFL so he came out to cash in..

  18. anarchopurplism says: May 14, 2014 7:22 PM

    Focusing on football?

  19. ghjjf says: May 14, 2014 7:22 PM

    Smart. He’s already got his fallback gig for when the Rams cut him.

  20. wananah says: May 14, 2014 7:23 PM

    Get your popcorn ready… this comment thread is going to get colorful.

  21. 6ball says: May 14, 2014 7:23 PM

    .

    The St Louis Sams

    .

  22. jwil444 says: May 14, 2014 7:23 PM

    “That is awesome!” said nobody in the Rams organization.

  23. joeflaccoallday says: May 14, 2014 7:23 PM

    Just cut him already.

  24. elmerbrownelmerbrown says: May 14, 2014 7:23 PM

    Cut him now !

  25. mannynh says: May 14, 2014 7:24 PM

    i think i know how this reality show is going to end..

  26. commonsensedude says: May 14, 2014 7:24 PM

    Well, he certainly has his priorities straight.

  27. blackandbluedivision says: May 14, 2014 7:24 PM

    I’m focused on football. Don’t mind the cameras and the red carpet premiere and the male groupies and the talk show appearances.

  28. FinFan68 says: May 14, 2014 7:24 PM

    Bad move.

  29. tccoats says: May 14, 2014 7:24 PM

    I “just wants to play football”…..what a joke….

  30. kenny2neworleans says: May 14, 2014 7:25 PM

    And so it begins!

  31. jaccfrost says: May 14, 2014 7:25 PM

    I’m already sick of this guy….

  32. bennyb82 says: May 14, 2014 7:25 PM

    Well this is not good for his football career…but I guess you gotta strike while the iron is hot?

  33. sdsmooth says: May 14, 2014 7:26 PM

    Congratulations St. Louis. You’re getting what you signed up for.

  34. Gordon says: May 14, 2014 7:27 PM

    Any support this guy had from real football fans just vanished with this nonsense. He’s obviously more interested in being a celebrity than a football player.

  35. sdsmooth says: May 14, 2014 7:27 PM

    Gee. Hard to believe he was passed over by 31 other teams. Wonder why?

  36. ajgreenhof says: May 14, 2014 7:27 PM

    He needs lay low and keep his nose to the grindstone. He’s a seventh round pick and easily expendable and I can’t see how having a reality show is going to ever be a positive.

  37. dannymac17 says: May 14, 2014 7:27 PM

    Hes probably a good football player, but it seems hes a terrible team mate. How can you put your team in a position like this. Totally selfish.

  38. goldbloodedindfw says: May 14, 2014 7:28 PM

    *Barf*

  39. kegowhisky says: May 14, 2014 7:28 PM

    Maybe it’s just me, but this whole thing has stunk like moldy dollar bills from the outset. Some feel a major reason he went public was that without the added exposure, he’d never get drafted. Now he gets drafted and the first thing he does is hook up with a reality show. Football has given this guy every chance in the world, but this is devolving into a debacle with the focus being anything but football. Wonder how Jeff Fisher is starting to feel now….

  40. melikefootball says: May 14, 2014 7:28 PM

    Again I thought this was no big deal, but we sure are making it one.

  41. valentino8100 says: May 14, 2014 7:28 PM

    THIS, Skip and Steven A, is why Sam was not drafted according to his talent alone. SMH.

  42. realfootballfan says: May 14, 2014 7:31 PM

    So much for this guy’s routine about being low key and just wanting to fit in, lol. Guess he was waiting until after the draft to let his ambitions out.

  43. bamaboy3023 says: May 14, 2014 7:32 PM

    WHY

  44. conde89 says: May 14, 2014 7:33 PM

    He wont make it…

  45. gary2525 says: May 14, 2014 7:33 PM

    In about 5 years there will be a movie about him.

  46. emphraser says: May 14, 2014 7:33 PM

    “I just wish you guys would see me as ‘Michael Sam the football player’, instead of ‘Michael Sam the gay football player’.”

    Oprah’s renowned for helping with that sort of thing.

  47. moerawn says: May 14, 2014 7:36 PM

    It’s cute how some of you still think this is about football.

  48. redandgoldhitman52 says: May 14, 2014 7:36 PM

    o-line is gonna pancake this guy. his 225lb reps was the weakest for lb/de.

  49. staffordsyear says: May 14, 2014 7:36 PM

    Fitting.

  50. CrownsDownFootball420 says: May 14, 2014 7:37 PM

    Sounds like a fall back opportunity to me. Dude signs up for the TV money because he already knows NFL money won’t be coming in.

  51. Dolphinatic says: May 14, 2014 7:37 PM

    Great! Now they can suspend and fine more players for expressing their disapproval of Sam’s sexuality.

    He can put it on TV, but nobody is allowed to comment unless they are making comments of support.

  52. orthomarine says: May 14, 2014 7:37 PM

    Lmao… Just epic on so many levels

  53. thelastpieceofcheese says: May 14, 2014 7:38 PM

    Relax folks. It’ll be interesting to see Sam the Ram personal life.

  54. dalcow4 says: May 14, 2014 7:38 PM

    The Rams’ politically correct PR-move just blew up in their face.

    Imagine Hard Knocks mixed with ultimate PC correctness– if they allow cameras– players, coaches, staff will be mired in controversy then lose their jobs for saying the wrong thing or thinking the wrong thoughts.

  55. TheWizard says: May 14, 2014 7:39 PM

    The few times I’ve watched the Rams recently, their defense shows flashes of being excellent.

    They don’t need this garbage.

  56. mountaindont says: May 14, 2014 7:40 PM

    Is her network still on the air ? I’ll make sure not to watch

  57. kwjsb says: May 14, 2014 7:40 PM

    Time to cut your losses, he is not dedicated, being a politically charged celebrity is his passion

  58. censoredagain says: May 14, 2014 7:41 PM

    Dumbest, most irresponsible thing he could have possibly done. No surprise that Oprah got her greedy hands in there somehow to finish off this kids football career before it even started.

  59. kwgator says: May 14, 2014 7:41 PM

    Drama Queen

  60. mrbiz8505 says: May 14, 2014 7:42 PM

    I wish my team drafted him…….wait no

  61. kd75 says: May 14, 2014 7:44 PM

    I wonder how HBO Hard Knocks cameras will get position with Oprah’s cameras in the way…

  62. 4thqtrsaint says: May 14, 2014 7:44 PM

    Disappointing, Sam. Don’t do it man.

  63. fubarry says: May 14, 2014 7:45 PM

    Oprah kills another career!

  64. dumdolt says: May 14, 2014 7:45 PM

    On the next episode of Michael Sam: My Journey to the NFL… Michael Sam gets cut

  65. txpackfan52 says: May 14, 2014 7:46 PM

    I just can’t help but think that no one will watch…seriously, the guy was ALMOST undrafted

  66. thinredline69 says: May 14, 2014 7:47 PM

    Sure, Michael Sam is “all about football”….what a joke! This was all merely a publicity stunt and Jeff Fisher looks like an idiot for allowing this circus to come into the league. Sounds like Michael Sam’s #1 priority was getting a reality show for him and his fluffer. If here weren’t drafted, would there even be a reality show? Of course not…what a disgrace to the NFL.

  67. dalcow4 says: May 14, 2014 7:47 PM

    We thought Michael Sam was opening the door for openly gay players– instead he just slammed it shut.

    No NFL team will ever want to deal with a mess like this ever again.

  68. bbk1000 says: May 14, 2014 7:47 PM

    It was only a matter of time…..

  69. nfl fan says: May 14, 2014 7:48 PM

    Of course he does….

  70. stainlineho says: May 14, 2014 7:49 PM

    omg….horrible….

    FINE ME

  71. ramsfanbill39 says: May 14, 2014 7:53 PM

    I am sooooo sick of hearing about this guy! I have been a die-hard Rams fan for over 25 years. I love football. I follow it year round, from the draft to camp to pre-season etc. I wish I could hear a tenth of the news about other 10 players the Rams drafted.
    My wife tried to get me to jump ship when they moved to St Louis but I stayed true. All this crap has me reconsidering.

  72. kst2074 says: May 14, 2014 7:54 PM

    Time to cut your losses, he is not dedicated, being a politically charged celebrity is his passion

  73. oilerthentexandiehard says: May 14, 2014 7:55 PM

    I won’t watch. I’m not interested in how hypocrites live day to day.

    His sexual preference is irrelevant to his career. But his word, integrity, and decision making are very relevant. Strike one, strike two, strike 3. That was fast.

  74. 69finfan says: May 14, 2014 7:56 PM

    OMG, Horrible!

  75. HippiePeaceAliens says: May 14, 2014 7:59 PM

    I think the reason he fell so far in the draft wasn’t because of his football ability, but the fact that the media will make him a MAJOR distraction to the team. Now Oprah and Sam have proved it. Plus, if a team drafted him and then such media attention came about…then if you have to cut him because of his football ability…folks will claim it was because he was gay and it was a distraction to the organization is why he was cut.

  76. denverwally says: May 14, 2014 8:00 PM

    It’s good that he will have a job to fall back on come September, after he gets cut. If you questioned his dedication before, well there is no question now. He’s a fraud.

  77. scw1993 says: May 14, 2014 8:00 PM

    No one is allowed to say anything, or give an opinion except oprah and megahead. Jeff Fisher was duped, hope sam doesn’t make the team. What a sham, thought this guy was smarter than this. A reality show? All about football, right? All about letting oprah having another 15 min of fame.

  78. cvdt57 says: May 14, 2014 8:02 PM

    At a time when every nfl coach is fighting to keep the “Hard Knocks” cameras out of their locker room, a guy who says he won’t let his lifestyle be a distraction signs up for a reality show. It’s getting harder to defend this guy.

  79. momotaroskp says: May 14, 2014 8:06 PM

    We know he wont get cut for sure now,because if he does. He will run to Oprah crying discrimination. lol

  80. dalcow4 says: May 14, 2014 8:07 PM

    Too late to go back. Too early to cut him.

    Rams stuck it to themselves by not doing due diligence in the personality check and psychological profile.

  81. urmomsmyho says: May 14, 2014 8:10 PM

    Hopefully he will be shown some reality on final cut day…

  82. tombstone7 says: May 14, 2014 8:11 PM

    Enough already!

    A 7th round draft choice is getting more attention than the Rams #1 draft choice…..what’s his name?

    First, a press conference and now this….jeez!

    I hope he makes the team so that the “real men” on the field will light him up!

  83. andreboy1 says: May 14, 2014 8:11 PM

    So it begins…..

  84. keylimelight says: May 14, 2014 8:17 PM

    I have lost any interest I had in cheering for him succeed in the NFL. I think he is misleading a lot of people when he says “it’s all about football”. Totally misrepresenting his true ambition judging by this “me”ality tv show.

  85. coloradofort says: May 14, 2014 8:19 PM

    Classic……..I hope Jeff Fisher was sitting down when he got the news…..

  86. ivanpavlov0000 says: May 14, 2014 8:19 PM

    So is this Oprah’s version of Hard Knocks? Does it have Goodell’s approval? If it makes more women into NFL fans it’s good for the league.

  87. nicofthenorthstar says: May 14, 2014 8:21 PM

    Demonstrating once again that this was never about getting a fair chance to play football for him. Good luck with that StL.

  88. humanlawndart says: May 14, 2014 8:21 PM

    DONE!!! Goodbye agenda pushing pillowbiter!

  89. dontbugmeonsundays says: May 14, 2014 8:23 PM

    Only thing missing is barnum and bailey.

  90. isphet71 says: May 14, 2014 8:23 PM

    Sam has pretty much officially hit celebrity status. He’s probably the most famous gay guy in the world right now. He’s going to make millions, even if he doesn’t make it in football.

    In fact, the best thing for him long-term would be to not even make the team, leave football, stay healthy, and live off his celebrity status. Would save his body from more wear and tear; he might even live past 50…

    Personally, I’m already tired of hearing abuot him, too. But I don’t think he’s going to go away any time soon.

  91. stoneygroove says: May 14, 2014 8:25 PM

    Nope. No distractions here. Move on, nothing to see here.

  92. humanlawndart says: May 14, 2014 8:25 PM

    Because of this, I hope Fisher cuts him.

  93. obsessedvikingfan says: May 14, 2014 8:26 PM

    I am so glad the Vikings didn’t draft him. Not because of anything other than the circus atmosphere he is bringing to the team.

    I think the Rams are regretting it already. The distractions are going to really bring the team down. Resentment from other players, coaches worrying about getting in trouble if they say one thing to him that he might be able to turn into something it is not.

    Good luck St. Louis.

  94. cityofchampions27 says: May 14, 2014 8:26 PM

    So why did the rams draft this guy again…

    He’s getting more pub than Johnny football and quite frankly all of this hypocrisy just makes me sick

  95. watermelon1 says: May 14, 2014 8:26 PM

    That final cut is looking further and further away with each unnecessary publicity stunt this guy embarks on.

    If “it wasn’t a big deal” then why are you making it a “big deal.”

    If you are “just like everyone else” then be like everyone else.

    Yes, people go on reality shows… Even football players. But not 7th round rookies that are long shots to make a team.

  96. richndc says: May 14, 2014 8:27 PM

    Now you all have to eat your words! Jerrah did make a smart decision on draft day, not drafting this guy!! (can you even imagine the fiasco if he was in Dallas, so happy he is not). Sam, most are happy for you, bias is no good. You know what else is no good, false sincerity, and claiming you are “all about football and making the team” and doing something like this not even a week after being drafted. smh

  97. blackngold4life says: May 14, 2014 8:28 PM

    Rams should have a Claus in his contract Not allowing such a move UNLESS its during the off season. But on the other hand they dont have much to lose. LOL but the OWNetwork is the perfect spot for such a project

  98. seaeagle707 says: May 14, 2014 8:29 PM

    Jeff really didn’t want a winning season,……did he?

  99. jssgriffi says: May 14, 2014 8:29 PM

    Can you imagine the media circus if he gets cut from the rams? Ofcourse that to would be all about him being gay.

  100. humanlawndart says: May 14, 2014 8:33 PM

    If anything, I hope the Rams enjoy the fact that they wasted a pick to satisfy a bunch of latte-sipping lefties! Way to go!

  101. byzr says: May 14, 2014 8:33 PM

    get that money while you can, pride won’t be paying the bills a year from now…… i didn’t even know Oprah had her own network…

  102. southpaw79 says: May 14, 2014 8:34 PM

    hahahahahahhhahahahahaaha!!!!!!

    breath

    hahahahahahahahahahaahahah!

  103. mattsoares7 says: May 14, 2014 8:35 PM

    And you wonder why he fell even farther than projected?
    The non-stop drama and side show. What a joke.

    You’d think the Rams would be in lockdown mode looking up at three VERY good teams in their own division.

  104. andymannfl says: May 14, 2014 8:35 PM

    Don’t you just wish Parcells were his coach?

  105. billbrasky72 says: May 14, 2014 8:39 PM

    Getting a reality show? It’s becoming more and more clear that he realizes he isn’t good enough to make a career in the NFL, and his coming out was an attempt to grab headlines and cash it while he can.

  106. eaglesfan1969 says: May 14, 2014 8:39 PM

    I really was rooting for this guy……until now. Its so obvious that we’re now seeing his true colors. If you’re serious about your focus on football you JUST DON’T sign up for a reality show! Not that I thought he would’ve been a fit anyhow, but I am so happy my Eagles didn’t draft this guy. What a circus!! I feel bad for Coach Fisher and the entire Rams coaching staff……I’m sure they didn’t sign up for this garbage!

  107. breesus09 says: May 14, 2014 8:40 PM

    I get that the importance of the first openly gay player in the nfl, but I’m starting to question whether or not he actually wants to make the team or just be a celebrity. If he wants to get accepted in the locker room he needs to earn his jersey number first. His teamates aren’t going to like him very much if he’s doing reality shows & the media is constantly asking about him without accomplishing anything first (see:Tim Tebow).

  108. ilovefoolsball says: May 14, 2014 8:40 PM

    Any goodwill that he may have built up from his situation has been lost with this move.

    No one ever has any respect for a person who agrees to have a reality show about their life.

  109. truths4all says: May 14, 2014 8:40 PM

    We now know how this is going to pan out since it has been a given the dweeb was never going to cut in the NFL. Too bad the Rams are going to skate off free for making a PC pick instead of trying to draft the best players possible.

    The NFL, the Rams, and the failing O Network are all trying to exploit the not-good-enough for Prime Time dweeb and he shows he is facing reality by setting in motion his golden parachute from being cut from the NFL.

  110. obsessedvikingfan says: May 14, 2014 8:41 PM

    It is like going to a NASCAR race. So many people hoping for a crash.

    I was hoping this young man would have just shut up, showed up for his job and proved he belonged as a football player.

    It is hard now to root for him to succeed because it didn’t even take a week and he brought Ringling Brothers to St. Louis.

    Part of me wants him to make the team but part of me wants to see him crash and burn because of his untruthful words about being all about football.

  111. brianstevens0915 says: May 14, 2014 8:42 PM

    If the Rams are smart they will cut this guy before he makes their organization a circus.

  112. edelmanfanclub says: May 14, 2014 8:44 PM

    This guy just wants attention. He cares more about publicity than football, that is why he went out of his public way to make PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT about his sexuality. No one cares he’s gay, but people probably care he gets his own TV show. Where is Rob Branchflower’s show? He is a 7th round pick, I’d like to see HIS journey, because he probably cares about FOOTBALL.

  113. beardinals says: May 14, 2014 8:50 PM

    Neither will be renewed for a second season.

  114. defscottyb says: May 14, 2014 8:51 PM

    All credibility and respect I had for him is now gone.

  115. dartwick says: May 14, 2014 8:58 PM

    If this was any other rookie then this article would have been far more critical and snarky.

  116. myworldurjuslivinit says: May 14, 2014 8:58 PM

    Understand Ellen is doing a live show from training camp as well…jus sayin.

  117. rg3andthensome says: May 14, 2014 9:01 PM

    Of Course He Did!

  118. antalicus says: May 14, 2014 9:01 PM

    This will be a pretty sad series if he gets cut…

  119. camdenyard says: May 14, 2014 9:02 PM

    Think Fisher is regretting this now?

  120. mjchockey1 says: May 14, 2014 9:11 PM

    I would love to get Fisher’s comment on this.

  121. imnotsorryisaidthat says: May 14, 2014 9:12 PM

    The only reality about this show is that Sam is a publicity seeking,below average football player,who may or may not be gay,who has used and abused every fan,team and player in the nfl..thank you espn and now oprah for helping him in his quest

  122. rosstuckershair says: May 14, 2014 9:13 PM

    I hope the beginning of the reality show shows him running the 40 at the combine…That will set the agenda on the OWN network…

  123. theparadoxx82 says: May 14, 2014 9:13 PM

    and I’m officially sick of this guy.

  124. shortstone says: May 14, 2014 9:18 PM

    You all don’t even know any specifics on the agreement to do this project with OWN yet can opinion that M. Sam is not serious about the Rams and football. Must be nice to know all, see all without actually knowing, seeing anything. I’ll wait to see how it plays out before calling M. Sam a sellout.

  125. taintedsaints2009 says: May 14, 2014 9:19 PM

    OK, now I am thinking a lot of his so called “raw emotion” while he was drafted was just an acted stunt for his reality show he probably already had started.

    certainly worked, though.

  126. manipuraram says: May 14, 2014 9:21 PM

    He is a Liar. Not surprised.

  127. rutchaser says: May 14, 2014 9:23 PM

    The Rams press conference with him was the most awkward thing I’ve seen in a while. The whole thing seemed like a sideshow and this just proves it even more.

  128. rosstuckershair says: May 14, 2014 9:23 PM

    New life for Kluwe. I bet he will make a guest appearance…

  129. channer81 says: May 14, 2014 9:24 PM

    You can’t tell a man how to make a living but wow. Jason Collins is probably like wait wtf? Where’s my show?

  130. jdphx says: May 14, 2014 9:30 PM

    Does this guy wanna be a football player…
    or a Kardashian?

  131. gbp4ever says: May 14, 2014 9:34 PM

    Rams should tell Sam that they are not going to have any camera’s at camp and that if he wants to be a TV personality that is fine they can cut him right away and he can do whatever he wants on TV otherwise ditch the camera’s and focus on football.

  132. vikingapologist says: May 14, 2014 9:36 PM

    This is so past annoying!!! Our country has become a joke! Glorifying this lifestyle choice, calling it “courageous”??? Oh my! What was the “cake” fight , he and his boy toy had on draft day???? Shocking

  133. natijim235 says: May 14, 2014 9:36 PM

    wow – hope this dude can play football – tebow part 2

  134. billbrasky72 says: May 14, 2014 9:40 PM

    Obviously he’s a better business man than football player.

  135. labucs says: May 14, 2014 9:41 PM

    But…What if he makes the team and dominates. The opposing Tackle will be having nightmares before the game hoping not to end up in a Sam highlight on his show.

  136. rg3andthensome says: May 14, 2014 9:45 PM

    The headline SHOULD have said ANYTHING but this!!!1

    WOW…What a bad move

  137. doggeatdogg says: May 14, 2014 9:45 PM

    I just want to add that a reality show involves other people, not just you. He will be asked to talk about his team mates and coaches and describe how he perceives treatment from them. Any perception of negative treatment will be a one way conversation and exaggerated enhanced reactions. The team mates will be muzzled and not be able to respond (see what happened with the Dolphin player who did). They will be with forced smiles and nodding heads for fear of demonization by the PC police.

  138. baddegg says: May 14, 2014 9:52 PM

    and co-starring: Chris Kluwe as the wacky neighbor!

  139. bert1913 says: May 14, 2014 10:05 PM

    there is no way the rams cut him now

  140. commentcentral says: May 14, 2014 10:07 PM

    Are the rams or the nfl getting any money from this show? If they are, that’s an incentive to make the team probably no other rookie can match.

  141. nite2al says: May 14, 2014 10:10 PM

    Wow, so negative. ..Eric Decker has a reality show too. Where’s the hate for him?

  142. leatherface2012 says: May 14, 2014 10:12 PM

    he better get used to getting cut, that is his future. what is with this country? we should focus on the men and women in armed services and dr’s and nurses etc. dont get me wrong, i follow nfl like crazy. sundays i watch from noon till 1030 and the thursday night games also. what has this flipping guy DONE? enough already.

  143. conormacleod says: May 14, 2014 10:12 PM

    I love football. I don’t love this.

  144. bigearl61 says: May 14, 2014 10:14 PM

    This season of Hard Knocks with the St.Louis Rams: STARRING MICHAEL SAM!!!

  145. txjaggurl says: May 14, 2014 10:15 PM

    So WHO did the Rams draft at #1 ? (Sarcasm) I haven’t heard anything about the rest of the draft class other than this inconsequential draftee.

  146. buckethead1 says: May 14, 2014 10:18 PM

    They should have drafted Oprah in the 7th round….

  147. rcali says: May 14, 2014 10:25 PM

    Attention NFL Players! Put your Twetters down, it’s not worth the suspension and Sensitivity Training!

  148. cornerstone2001 says: May 14, 2014 10:31 PM

    St Louis Sams!

  149. petecarrolmorelikecheatpayroll says: May 14, 2014 10:33 PM

    Michael $am.

  150. dirk504 says: May 14, 2014 10:41 PM

    This is a damn shame. I hope the Rams cut him, so he can take this circus elsewhere.

  151. tictoccpthook says: May 14, 2014 10:49 PM

    He is making a mistake. Making the team is a full time job; shows poor judgement to now begin another endeavor that takes time and energy away from football .

  152. Fantasy Football Consultant says: May 14, 2014 11:12 PM

    Oprah trying to cash in

  153. raidordie says: May 14, 2014 11:18 PM

    Maybe he gets cut in time for dancing with the stars. That will be the pinnacle right there.

  154. billbrasky72 says: May 14, 2014 11:27 PM

    This deal was surely in place before the draft. I wonder how much Oprah is kicking back to the Rams for drafting him?

  155. bleedingfacemask says: May 14, 2014 11:33 PM

    Dammit…my money was on Dancing with the Stars.

  156. slobberknocker says: May 14, 2014 11:36 PM

    Man, you thought Tebowmania was crazy…you ain’t seen nothin’ yet!

  157. chex1868 says: May 14, 2014 11:37 PM

    Drama queen

  158. eagles512 says: May 14, 2014 11:38 PM

    Wow-every comment is ripping him apart. And rightfully so.

  159. jackets93 says: May 15, 2014 12:29 AM

    Give this guy a break . He probably won’t be making too much money as an NFL player so why is this suprising ?

  160. lanman11 says: May 15, 2014 12:33 AM

    Leave it to THAT windbag to take your private journey public, eh?

    If he was like every other player/rookie he would have backed away from that as fast as he could. The Rams will have to tolerate it, unless there is some backdoor payback going on via the NFL, as they seek to draw attention away from the concussion issue.

    Hopefully this serves as motivation for all the other draftees and particularly the undrafted players, to play reeeeaallllyyyyy hard against this guy and make sure he does not make the team, and his “reality” show packs up and leaves town ASAP. Whatever he does after that is irrelevant. It will be interesting to see how long Oprah pals around with him if he gets cut. SHe certainly can afford to float his show for a long time if she wants though.

  161. fubar5150 says: May 15, 2014 12:41 AM

    Wow I’m done

  162. lanman11 says: May 15, 2014 12:43 AM

    What? You’re surprised he changed his mind?

    Dude just put his sexuality front and center. It’s open season. If you can’t take the heat, stay out of the kitchen. I’m waiting for an INTELLIGENT tweet by an NFL player, along the lines of “I don’t approve of Michael Sam’s lifestyle choices, I think it is wrong, and nobody take away my freedom of speech. ” I think the players union has to back up these players when the NFL threaten the players jobs over their own personal beliefs.

  163. vaughnjoe says: May 15, 2014 12:58 AM

    I guarantee Micheal Sam will use his time in the NFL to get his reality career going. Way to go NFL.

  164. tone360 says: May 15, 2014 1:02 AM

    Sorry Ram fans. Good luck with that circus.

  165. edithpiaf51 says: May 15, 2014 1:29 AM

    is it him or the media that is making this into a circus? it seems it is the media for marketing purposes and showing how they are politically correct.

  166. robyesno says: May 15, 2014 1:31 AM

    I bet Tebow’s circus is looking pretty good about now.

  167. kevjones75 says: May 15, 2014 1:50 AM

    NFL Films will have something to say about this

  168. broncobrewer says: May 15, 2014 2:03 AM

    This guy is turning into Tebow. He’ll be out of the league in 3 years

  169. dukeblue12 says: May 15, 2014 2:36 AM

    LITERALLY, the only thing this guy had to do was….not do exactly this.

  170. fishyinalittledishy says: May 15, 2014 2:56 AM

    This is not surprising. I said earlier he will probably fail as a football player like most of the 7th rounders
    but make a ton of cash like no other 7th rounder. He is putting football second and to be honest i don’t blame him for cashing in. Any slim hope he had of being a professional football player at the highest of levels is now gone with this modern phenomenon of showing the world what a false life you live in front of the camera. As for the Rams bang goes a normal off season with this circus going on around you. You have completely wasted a pick. Rams you have been duped. The only people loving this will be those that have no interest in the game.

  171. chicagosports2014 says: May 15, 2014 3:18 AM

    👎

  172. clashpoint says: May 15, 2014 4:02 AM

    I think he’s coming to the realization that perhaps football might not work out in the long run. Perhaps not even the short run. Oh well, if you don’t like it, don’t watch it. I sure won’t be.

  173. raiders4ever says: May 15, 2014 4:04 AM

    I bet the Rams are really happy now…they tryed to do the right thing and chances are they probably didnt want him in the 1st place because of stuff like this ..and now if he gets cut they will be groups outside the rams facilty protesting..this thing has gotten way way out of hand “

  174. theycallmeyango says: May 15, 2014 4:23 AM

    I’m really looking forward to the episode where he gets cut week 3 of pre-season…if he’s lucky to last that long

  175. hawkstradamus says: May 15, 2014 4:37 AM

    He better cash in and get his name out there before he’s just another washed up jock.

  176. humptyfratz says: May 15, 2014 6:00 AM

    I wonder if there was any quid pro quo between the NFL and the Rams in all this. Gregg Williams perhaps? No idea. But I sure would like to know.

  177. chiefpontiac57 says: May 15, 2014 6:18 AM

    You need to bring me your torch Michael, the tribe has spoken. Time for you to go.

  178. tominma says: May 15, 2014 6:25 AM

    C’mon people!! This kid deserves a chance to work hard and focus on football only if he’s going to get a shot at being on the Ram’s roster. As SEC defensive player of the year, he obviously has talent. Now he needs to work on using that talent in the NFL!

    Michael, you should know better! So should you Oprah!

  179. JackedUpSports says: May 15, 2014 6:25 AM

    poor choice. be humble

  180. sidepull says: May 15, 2014 6:51 AM

    Now the biggest Diva in the NFL. Never even played a down of NFL football.

  181. Mind Explorer says: May 15, 2014 6:51 AM

    This guy is the opposite of Jackie Robinson. Jackie had to prove he could play even though he was black. Sam is using his gay status for an automatic roster spot even though he is mediocre at best.

  182. restorativejusticeprogram says: May 15, 2014 6:54 AM

    Wow. This guy had it planned all along.

    When will the pendulum swing the other way because it is going too far to the left?

  183. flaccoishermanmunster says: May 15, 2014 6:56 AM

    “Thank you, thank you, thank you”…said the Steelers brass while fretting over being selected for Hard knocks.

  184. olcap says: May 15, 2014 7:01 AM

    Methinks the whole thing may be more about the social experiment than football.

  185. afcdomination says: May 15, 2014 7:16 AM

    the worst part was that he knew about it and O’s people were there at his moment of falling down crying over the phone call.

    makes me question everything, and totally side with those who feel it was over the top. now we know why, there wasn’t just ESPN there, it was for a reality show.

  186. darkhorse08817 says: May 15, 2014 7:33 AM

    “It’s all about football and making the team”

    Riiiiiiiiiiiight

  187. bullcharger says: May 15, 2014 7:36 AM

    I get why he would do it. For a 7th round pick it could easily be the only way to make money. I don’t know exactly what percentage of 7th rounders make the team and actually play in games, but has to be a very small number. I imagine the Rams aren’t happy about it.

  188. dougy1970 says: May 15, 2014 7:45 AM

    At least Aaron Rodgers had the decency to pass on Oprah’s similar offer to him.

  189. joetoronto says: May 15, 2014 8:04 AM

    I can’t believe anybody bought what this mofo was saying from the get go.

  190. luther6 says: May 15, 2014 8:14 AM

    Well, at least Sam’s serious about football and this wasn’t all some publicity stunt to advance an agenda.

    Jackie Robinson you are not, Mr. Sam.

  191. joeknowsnada says: May 15, 2014 8:14 AM

    This is what everyone is saying or implying, but I have to say it. This is why he lasted so long in the draft. Any organization with any sense and brains would have foreseen the media swarm and distractions his status would create for them. They have enough on their plate, what with PEDs, other drugs, domestic relations issues, frat boy behavior, DUIs, etc., etc., to worry about. Now, you introduce one more element, one more complication, to the process.
    On paper, it should not be this big of a deal. In reality, we are not as advanced a society as we think. Hoo boy.

  192. fwippel says: May 15, 2014 8:15 AM

    It is starting to look like Sam is more interested in using his time in the NFL to promote a social agenda than in playing football.

    Not smart. A very, very, bad move on his part.

  193. billh1947 says: May 15, 2014 8:20 AM

    After the final cutdown he will be looking for work outside of football so maybe she can find work for him in her organization.

  194. swortybounce says: May 15, 2014 8:24 AM

    He should have just kept his mouth closed about the just wanting to be a football player stuff. Now he looks pretty silly with this.

    Although, from a financial point it probably makes sense being that he probably doesn’t end up making much $ from his NFL career however long it lasts.

  195. niobiumh2 says: May 15, 2014 8:26 AM

    people watch the OWN channel?

  196. smalltownqb says: May 15, 2014 8:28 AM

    What a circus. The guy is gay and that is his choice. I am cool with that.

    Turning this fiasco into a reality show I am not cool with.

    I hope this just motivates every other player taken in those late rounds to work harder.

    What a fool. Enjoy your 15 minutes (What is that June through August?)

  197. icup89 says: May 15, 2014 8:31 AM

    He might as well make that TV money while he can. The odds are against any 7th round picks at making NFL game checks.

  198. Chris says: May 15, 2014 8:32 AM

    I thought WR’s were Divas.

  199. gatorprof says: May 15, 2014 8:34 AM

    Wonder what the name of the series will be? HBO has “Hard Knocks”….er, never mind.

    Train wreck…

  200. ravensfaninflorida says: May 15, 2014 8:36 AM

    Enough already. I knew this would do nothing but turn into a media circus !!!!

  201. realskipbayless says: May 15, 2014 9:05 AM

    More reality garbage

  202. realskipbayless says: May 15, 2014 9:06 AM

    He’s gonna have his own Tyler Perry movie next.

  203. horsepedlr says: May 15, 2014 9:10 AM

    for all of you hoping he gets cut, never happen. they can’t oprah will see to it with a firestorm of bias bull. the nfl probably told the rams to draft him. i wonder what they got for doing it. welcome to pc world.

  204. annapterp says: May 15, 2014 9:15 AM

    BIG MISTAKE by this guy. He’s a 7th round draft choice. For the most part I’m not interested in this story, but now I want to see him get cut. How will they handle that on the show?

  205. buddysguys says: May 15, 2014 9:18 AM

    what a joke

  206. kenstabler says: May 15, 2014 9:21 AM

    The rams deserve everything they got from this whole drama queen draft day steal. I hope the NFL gave you guys a lot, because the pain has just begun.

  207. discountdoublecheck says: May 15, 2014 9:22 AM

    For a guy who claimed all along that he wanted everything to be about football…he sure is eating up all this attention.

    That said I can’t hate. If I were offered some show that’d pay me handsomely I’d take it in a heartbeat too.

  208. blabidibla says: May 15, 2014 9:24 AM

    He’ll make the team and be a decent player.

  209. tsuscrumhalf says: May 15, 2014 9:31 AM

    Way to focus solely on football, dude.

  210. kenstabler says: May 15, 2014 9:33 AM

    I wonder if our President is having second thoughts about his support for this guy? Then his girlfriend Opera grabs the stage.

  211. lids1982 says: May 15, 2014 9:38 AM

    I can’t wait to see the episode where he gets cut!

  212. 49erstim says: May 15, 2014 9:38 AM

    I see a lot of “Tebow” comparisons. Sure you’ve got the circus atmosphere, but with Sam you’ve got a 7th round draft pick (always long shots) and a mass-media explosion waiting to happen if he gets cut. At least Tebow was a 1st round pick. He wasn’t getting cut no matter what. Both players have the media’s attention and over-saturation, but both aren’t created equally. At least Tebow contributed to some wins (and many losses).

    I lol’d when somebody above asked what it would be like if Bill Parcels coached Mr Sam. Our overly PC culture couldn’t handle the S-Storm that would create.

  213. ncheelsboysfan says: May 15, 2014 9:43 AM

    Great SAM now any haters have a perfect excuse YOU manufactured. Do you understand why Manziel dropped and lost $$$$? Apparently NOT. Dumb choice – you just increased your chances of legitimately getting cut about 1000 percent Mr. “I only care about football….”

  214. kcflake says: May 15, 2014 9:45 AM

    SURE, Mr. Sam Just wants to be a football player, who happens to be taking advantage of these other opportunities.

  215. rrhoe says: May 15, 2014 9:58 AM

    Too bad for the player’s/teammates,they are in a Catch-22. We all would love to hear what they really think but if they say anything they will be vilified,fined and suspended.

  216. bcgreg says: May 15, 2014 10:09 AM

    I have no problem with Sam trying to earn money. As a 7th round pick, I get it. Money won’t be there from football unless he proves it and scores in a couple years. Just don’t tell me that you want to be judged as a football player only anymore. Everyone knows why you got the tv gig. Everyone knows why you’re getting the most attention heaped on a 7th round draft choice ever.

    Granted the media attention is not your fault per se. I just don’t wanna hear it if you do get cut. Tebow was a first round pick, who was over evaluated. He wasn’t a first round talent but proved he could win. He was cut partly because of his skill to expectation level but partly because of the circus that follows him. Teams just don’t want that circus unless the guy can play. IMO, Tebow should be on a roster somewhere based on his talent, but his talent doesn’t outweigh the attention that he gets. And to give him credit, Tebow has never lamented in public how he’s been treated. He never blamed anyone. I’ll be surprised how Sam reacts IF he gets cut.

  217. ace8842 says: May 15, 2014 10:13 AM

    Michael Sam is doing everything 100% wrong. If he wants to be treated like a normal football player, act like one. Don’t be going on a reality show before you even made the league. For a 7th round pick, this guy just looks like he is trying to cash in on his fame. With all the hugging, making out, and licking cake off his boyfriend either being staged or him being a complete drama queen, and now this, Sam is off to an awful start.

  218. ecade25 says: May 15, 2014 10:19 AM

    wow this dude said he wanted to be known as a Football player and now he is doing a reality tv show , This is dude is a circus using his sexuality to get his five mins of fame , I have never seen a 7th round pick get so much attention , focus on football that’s what its suppose to be about right ?

  219. hayesair says: May 15, 2014 10:33 AM

    Another reason not to watch Oprah.

  220. ruvelligwebuike says: May 15, 2014 10:39 AM

    He’ll never get cut. Social engineering goes to the highest levels of our society. Stick Barry’s girlfriend on the case and it wouldn’t surprise me if Sam was an honorary All-Pro with 12 tackles on the season.

  221. nflgiant says: May 15, 2014 10:39 AM

    NFL=National Farce League.

  222. Frazier28/7 says: May 15, 2014 11:13 AM

    Fraud.

  223. rob5311 says: May 15, 2014 11:15 AM

    Maybe he put it out there cause he knew he couldn’t cut it in NFL, so know he has a fallback plan and a ton of publicity.

  224. bergencountyjc says: May 15, 2014 11:24 AM

    I thought Mr. Sam had stated he is only focused on football…? At least Tebow didn’t do a reality show but then again, religion is frowned upon in the media.

  225. bridgeh2o says: May 15, 2014 11:27 AM

    I can’t wait till for the cake in your face episode……oh wait.

  226. platinumraider32 says: May 15, 2014 11:38 AM

    And so the circus begins. I wanted to root for this guy just to make the squad that’s very deep at his position.

    Now the true agenda rears it’s ugly head. So much for “it’s all about football”.

  227. ghost26 says: May 15, 2014 11:57 AM

    How many reality shows can people watch???? Enough!!! Read a damn book.

  228. dentak says: May 15, 2014 12:05 PM

    Well, as a 7th rounder he’s probably not going to make it. So getting paid for this beats getting cut and getting zip. Unfortunately for him it will also make him another “enough already, please go away” celebrity.

  229. trollaikman8 says: May 15, 2014 12:40 PM

    Your shock and awe when you learn it’s a show about cake.

  230. tictoccpthook says: May 15, 2014 12:55 PM

    Never before saw so many comments all of the same opinion. This was an important step forward for sports; he and Oprah have turned it into a fiasco. The Rams and Fisher and fans were supporting this step forward, only to have the rug pulled from beneath their feet. Shame on Sam, and Oprah.

  231. bradyisyourdaddy says: May 15, 2014 4:16 PM

    Hes not interested in football… hes interested in taking Strahans place on the Regis show

  232. blabidibla says: May 15, 2014 6:28 PM

    “Hard Knocks” is a reality show too. You guys like that, right?

    Sam will be a decent player.

  233. barbqueu says: May 15, 2014 11:05 PM

    The “commical sidekicks” duo of OJ & Kato have now slipped to #2 in the All-Time rankings, behind Sam & Vito!

    I would love to be in St. Louis for DL drills opening day. Someone has to pay the bill for the circus to come to town…

    Just saying!

  234. livedalittle says: May 16, 2014 2:10 AM

    Why can’t you focus on football during training camp hours and make a film on his own time? Everyone has a hobby or the right to do what they want on their own time. None of the filming will include coaches or teammates and they will not be filming on the Rams property. What’s the big deal?

  235. livedalittle says: May 16, 2014 2:16 AM

    Lastly, he was the SEC Co-Defensive player of the year! That’s quite an accomplishment! Let’s see how it all play’s out before we start throwing rocks from our glass houses!

  236. alecsutherland says: May 16, 2014 10:47 AM

    Too many people with opinions rather than with positive feedback. Typical.

    1. Michael Sam’s being a football player has no effect on your life.

    2. Michael Sam’s sexuality has no effect on your life.

    3. Michael Sam’s potential television show has no effect on your life.

    People who create their own drama deserve their own karma.

  237. nonetruerthanblue says: May 16, 2014 1:01 PM

    Guess he’s trying to get some kind of pay day…bad move though.

  238. wnstonchill says: May 16, 2014 1:56 PM

    Oprah once again is here to save the day….. Excuse me while I puke!

  239. politicallyincorrect says: May 19, 2014 11:49 AM

    actively rooting against this kid

    Sam can’t play is is hellbent on entitlement and becoming a freakshow

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