With less than a week to go before NFL teams have to make final preseason cuts, Michael Sam, the NFL’s first openly gay player, is fighting for a spot on the St. Louis Rams roster.
But forget about his performance on the field, ESPN SportsCenter seems more concerned with how Sam is performing off the field. ESPN’s Josina Anderson gives us an in-depth report on how Sam is “fitting in” with the other players.
“Another Rams defensive player told me that “Sam is respecting our space” and that, from his perspective, he seems to think that Michael Sam is waiting to kind of take a shower, as not to make his teammates feel uncomfortable.”
Anderson goes on to tell us that she asked defensive tackle Kendall Langford and linebacker Alec Ogletree about Sam’s showering schedule, and they told her that they weren’t tracking it.
So there you go, breaking news, we now know Sam’s showering habits.
Let’s just say the segment didn’t go over well with Rams defensive end Chris Long, who tweeted:
“Dear ESPN, Everyone but you is over it.”
And I have to say Long’s tweet scored major points in my book. As a journalist, and former sports reporter, I cannot believe that Sam’s showering habits would even be a story. Asking players about this is way out-of-bounds! To me it seems as though they’re trying to create unnecessary drama off the field, and it’s disrespectful.
Yes Sam is gay. But the only thing reporters should be concerned about are the men Sam is tackling on the field.
I call a personal foul against ESPN. Keep your head in the game, and not the shower.
And that’s today’s helping of The Online Dish with Maggie.