St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher spoke with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Wednesday about a report by ESPN's Josina Anderson that discussed rookie Michael Sam's showering habits.
From the Post-Dispatch:
"I'm extremely disappointed in her piece," Fisher told the Post-Dispatch on Wednesday, not long before the team boarded buses for Lambert Airport and the trip to Miami for Thursday's preseason finale.
"I think it's unethical," Fisher continued. "I think it's very, very unprofessional. Not only the piece itself, the content. The manner in which she did it."
Fisher said he had seen ESPN's apology and was appreciative of it.
Fisher said he was also upset because he believes Anderson reached out to players away from the team and not during designated times for players to speak with media.
"We have a media policy, and we're very flexible," Fisher said. "We have open practices. Players are available. We have open locker rooms.
"Obviously she came in, in all likelihood to see if there was gonna be a roster move at the 75 cutdown as it relates to Mike Sam. That didn't happen. But she needed to do something, and it's my understanding that she manufactured this story.
"She was out of line because she went and contacted several players on their personal time. Misled them with questions and then put this piece together."
Fisher also said ESPN president John Skipper reached out to him and the Rams to apologize personally.