UPDATE: ESPN Responds To Backlash Over Michael Sam Showering Report
Updated Wednesday, 9:23 a.m. PST
ESPN has expressed regret for their report which highlighted openly gay St. Louis Rams player Michael Sam's showering habits with respect to his other teammates.
On Tuesday's Michael Sam report: "ESPN regrets the manner in which we presented our report. Clearly yesterday we collectively failed to meet the standards we have set in reporting on LGBT-related topics in sports."
Sam's Rams teammate Chris Long also tweeted following the report:
Dear ESPN, Everyone but you is over it.
— Chris Long (@JOEL9ONE) August 26, 2014
(H/T: The Gaily Grind)
Because we're certain every rookie NFL player is having their showering habits tracked by sports media...
Michael Sam's showering schedule and which teammates he'd had the privilege of showering with was the subject of ESPN's SportsCenter report, initially framed as a discussion of "how Michael Sam is fitting in with his teammates."
Naturally, how well Sam is fitting in is based on how comfortable or uncomfortable he's making his teammates in the shower. Watch!
From The Raw Story:
Reporter Josina Anderson explained that one player told her that Sam was “simply just one of the guys, and he seems to be taking a rookie approach in terms of just listening and learning at his own pace.”
“[The player] said he was just trying to feel his way through and, perhaps, see what guys he can relate to,” she continued. “But another Rams defensive player told me — quote — ‘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 said.
The ESPN correspondent added that two other players said that they could not verify the shower report because “they weren’t tracking that.”
“[Defensive tackle Kendall Langford] told me, ‘Listen, I have not been in the shower at the same time as Michael Sam.’ He said there definitely could be a million reasons as to why that is,” Anderson asserted. “He said he could be doing extra work on the practice field, he could be riding his bike, he could be doing extra cardio.”
Thoughts on ESPN's report, Instincters?
(H/T: The Gaily Grind)