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Michael Sam Wisely Cancels His Documentary Series with Oprah

Smart move, Michael Sam. The documentary show – not a reality show! – that Michael Sam had planned for this summer is off, the NFL announced late Friday. “Postponed” is the word they’re going with. So if he makes the NFL … maybe they do it next offseason. If he doesn’t make  the NFL … I guess it’ll be filmed this Fall?

Way to bury the news on a Friday afternoon, guys. I’m surprised they didn’t wait until next Friday on a holiday weekend.

Here’s the statement from OWN president Erik Logan: “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 dreams of making the team. OWN is about elevating and empowering people to achieve their best. It’s clear that we, along with the world, recognize the opportunity that Michael has in this moment. We will continue to support him in his journey to earn a spot playing for the Rams.”

And Sam’s agent, Cameron Weiss, who Thursday defended the idea of the show on ESPN, had a change of heart, as well: “After today’s meeting with the Rams, we felt it is best to postpone the project. This will allow for Michael to have total focus on football, and will ensure no distractions to his teammates. Everybody involved remains committed to project and understands its historical importance as well as its positive message.”

Oh, and one last note: NFL PR guy Greg Aiello appeared to dispute the claim that the NFL did know about Sam’s documentary show before the draft.

What an all-around colossal blunder by Sam’s representatives.

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