The moment OWN announced it was developing a documentary about St. Louis Rams rookie Michael Sam, controversy erupted. The situation worsened when it was revealed Sam never disclosed the agreement with teams prior to the NFL draft.
It was enough for Sam and the network to reconsider their options.
"After careful consideration and discussion with the St. Louis Rams, 'The Untitled Michael Sam Project' has been postponed, allowing Michael the best opportunity to achieve his dream of making the team," network president Erik Logan said in a statement. "OWN is about elevating and empowering people to achieve their best. It's clear that we, along with the world, recognize the important opportunity that Michael now has in this moment. We will continue to support him in his journey to earn a spot playing for the Rams."
While it may not have been a mistake for Sam to participate in the documentary, it could have diverted from his No. 1 goal, which is becoming a professional football player.
"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. "This will allow for Michael to have a total focus on football, and will ensure no distractions to his teammates. Everybody involved remains committed to this project and understands its historical importance as well as its positive message."
What Sam is trying to accomplish is a monumental feat. Very few men can say they were professional football players. And Sam will be the first openly gay man to potentially do so. The accomplishment itself will be far more important than a documentary following the journey.