Oprah Winfrey gets Michael Sam after all.
After the college football star was drafted by the St. Louis Rams, Winfrey’s cable channel OWN had announced plans for a documentary series following the first season of the NFL’s first openly gay player.
Nothing worked out as planned and that series has been instead made into a 90-minute film to be aired on Winfrey’s OWN on 27 December.
The series was quickly scrapped after pushback from the league and the team who were already concerned about ‘distractions’ regarding Sam.
The Rams ended up cutting Sam after the pre-season and later, the Dallas Cowboys cut him from its practice squad.
Now teamless, Sam will sit down with Winfrey for an in-depth interview with OWN after the airing of the documentary about the man who was one of the top defensive players in the nation while playing for the University of Missouri.
According to OWN, the documentary follows Sam as he enters the world of professional football and vies for a spot on an NFL team.Cameras get up close and personal as he openly discusses a childhood fraught with tragedy and poverty, as well as his emotional decision to come out as a gay man in the world of pro sports.
The documentary also captures the moment when Sam was drafted by the St. Louis Rams, the intense media scrutiny that immediately followed, and his struggle to stay focused despite the pressure and chaos.
Additionally, the documentary explores Sam’s relationship with his boyfriend Vito and the challenge of balancing his personal life alongside his pursuit of NFL stardom.
‘Michael is an inspiration to millions and we are proud to be able to share his courageous story – in his own words – with our audience,’ said Erik Logan, president of OWN and Harpo Studios.