We wanted to look the other way too.
ICYMI: The St. Louis Rams drafted a gay guy in the NFL draft this year. Many have discussed this fact. We blogged about it. Everyone is watching it.
However, most of us are also over it.
Michael Sam showed true courage, walked over a line, and took a stand for the LGBT community. And while everyone with a pulse and a non-blackened heart applauded him for that move then, we have all stopped clapping.
Why? It’s old news. ESPN, however, thought a story about Sam’s showering habits in the Rams’ locker room was necessary. A day later, they apologized because social media blew up.
Meet ESPN cub reporter Josina Anderson.
The girl is trying to make a name for herself on the worldwide leader in sports, so she is digging for an angle that no one had taken: How is Michael Sam fitting in with his new teammates? Translation: where is he bathing after practice?
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 kind of waiting to take a shower, as not to make his teammates feel uncomfortable.
Ah, yes. Real news.
Jeff Fisher did an interview in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch slamming the article as “unethical” and stating his “extreme disappointment.” Chris Long, Sam’s teammate, was slightly miffed and took to Twitter in Sam’s defense. That was the shot fired directly at ESPN.
Dear ESPN, Everyone but you is over it.
— Chris Long (@JOEL9ONE) August 26, 2014
After wiping all that egg off its face, ESPN decided an apology was in order:
“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.”
Yeah, that’s sincere. Sometimes, it’s best to go with “no” around the pitch table. If not, you might just turn around and broadcast a gem like this: