Michael Sam is one lucky guy. Just days after being drafted to the NFL, the openly gay baller landed a reality show on the Oprah Winfrey Network.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, OWN ordered a docuseries which will follow the “University of Missouri alum as he prepares to earn a spot on the Rams.”
“We are honored that Michael is trusting us with his private journey in this moment that has not only made history but will shape it forever,” Winfrey said. “I am proud of the focus on authentic storytelling in our new documentary series format. The next real-life story we follow in The Untitled Michael Sam Project promises to spark valuable, important discussion on life in America today. Acceptance and illumination start here.”
Sam, who came out as gay in February, was drafted on May 10, 2014 to the St. Louis Rams. The former Missouri defensive end later made headlines after ESPN showed Sam kissing his boyfriend on camera when receiving the good news.
“Like every player out there working to make a team right now, my focus is on playing football to the very best of my ability,” Sam said. “I am determined. And if seeing my story helps somebody else accept who they are and to go for their dreams too, that’s great. I am thankful to Oprah for her support and excited to work together.”
According to THR, Craig Piligian and director Amy Rice, who were behind Lindsay Lohan’s Lindsay, will produce the forthcoming show.
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