Oprah Winfrey Network holds off on Michael Sam series

Cesar Tordesillas – 4E Sports Contributor

New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – The Oprah Winfrey Network has postponed the documentary series on Michael Sam’s quest to become the first openly gay NFL player.

OWN president Erik Logan said the postponement was meant to allow Sam to attempt to make the St. Louis Rams lineup, after being drafted in the seventh round Saturday.

“This will allow for Michael to have total focus on football, and will ensure no distractions to his teammates,” Sam’s agent, Cameron Weiss confirmed.

OWN plans was to follow Sam’s personal life as he tried to make the Rams, dividing the content into six to eight segments.

The Rams and the NFL said they were unaware of the project prior to its announcement.

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said OWN also had not signed any agreement that would allow the network to use league footage or any of its trademarks in the show.

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