We’re going to be seeing a lot more of Michael Sam on TV and in the news. 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.”
The Rams have yet to release a statement and there is no work on how much they will allow reality TV cameras to film, but it wouldn’t be surprising if the team has some problems about it. Sports teams generally prefer for their players 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 is amazing but Sam should be more concerned with working for the team, if he still wants to be a Ram in four months. Writers and sports analysts have already called the reality show extremely detrimental to his pending NFL career.
The Oprah Winfrey network has recently picked up several controversial docu-series such as this and currently the Lindsay series to keep ratings afloat for the network-which has struggled with ratings since 2011.
No premiere date has been set for the show.