A documentary series on the life of Michael Sam, the first openly gay football player to be drafted to the NFL, has been postponed, NFL.com reports.
‘The Untitled Michael Sam Project’ was produced by The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN). But the network’s president said in a written statement Friday the network is holding off on airing the series to “allow Michael the best opportunity to achieve his dream of making the team.”
Sam was selected by the St. Louis Rams the seventh round of last week’s draft. According to NFL.com, his agent says his primary focus is to play football.
“After today’s meeting with the Rams, we collectively feel it is best to postpone the project,” Sam’s agent, Cameron Weiss, said in a statement. “Everybody involved remains committed to this project and understands its historical importance as well as its positive message.”
NFL.com reports that the league did not know about plans for the show before the draft and did not agree to the filming.
According to ESPN reporter Ed Werder, Sam did not disclose OWN’s documentary plans to teams ahead of the draft because he feared that he “might not be picked.”