One fellow NFL player points the finger at ESPN for its coverage of Sam, particularly the so-called shower habits.
Michael Sam didn’t make the St. Louis Rams’ 53-man roster. Sam, the first openly gay player ever to be drafted into the NFL, didn’t make the Rams’ 10-man practice squad either. No other team claimed Sam on waivers over the weekend and now he is a free agent who can sign with any practice squad. But that hasn’t happened yet, and Buffalo Bills center Eric Wood thinks he has an idea about why that is.
After Ross Tucker of the NBC Sports Network wondered on Twitter why Sam hasn’t been signed to a practice squad despite his solid performance in the preseason (11 tackles and three sacks), Wood pointed to ESPN.
Earlier last week, ESPN reporter Josina Anderson discussed Sam’s showering habits when asked on “SportsCenter” about how he was fitting in with his teammates. ESPN later apologized for the report, saying in a statement that “we collectively failed to meet the standards we have set in reporting on LGBT-related topics in sports.”
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