Michael Sam, the first openly gay football player drafted to the NFL, is getting his own documentary series. Oprah’s network, OWN, spent two months negotiating the rights to Sam’s story.
The cameras were already rolling when Sam got the call that he was drafted by the St. Louis Rams, and will follow him through training camp, reports ESPN. The plan is for the series to be broken up into six to eight segments.
Sam said in a statement, “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.”
Oprah said, “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. I am proud of the focus on authentic storytelling in our new documentary series format. The next real-life story we follow in ‘The Untitled Michael Sam Project’ promises to spark valuable, important discussion on life in America today. Acceptance and illumination start here.”
No doubt the Rams will not be too psyched to have cameras constantly around, as it will be impossible for all players to only focus on football. If teams passed over Johnny Manziel for fear of too much publicity, they can only imagine what the Rams will be dealing with now.