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The first openly gay player drafted in the NFL said Friday there have been no issues fitting in with his St. Louis Rams teammates, no awkward moments in the locker room and that he was accepted right away.
On one side is the NFL and his teammates on the St. Louis Rams, who hope the seventh-round draft pick isn't a distraction as he attempts to earn a roster spot. On the other side is an army of advocates and activists, who hope the league's first openly gay player capitalizes on his role and blazes a trail.
Michael Sam is out of the TV spotlight and the St. Louis Rams are hopeful of avoiding being the subject of another high-profile show.
Michael Sam and the rest of the St. Louis Rams rookies were on the field for the second straight day in what the team referred to as a skill development period.
The planned documentary by the Oprah Winfrey Network on Michael Sam, the NFL's first openly gay player, has been postponed.
The head of an advocacy group for gay and lesbian athletes said he spent a full day this week helping the St. Louis Rams prepare for the arrival of Michael Sam, who hopes to become the first openly gay player in the NFL.
Michael Sam made history over the weekend as being the first openly gay player selected in the NFL draft, and now the Oprah Winfrey Network is officially announcing a new reality series with the Rams player.
Sunday afternoons in the fall and winter used to be a time for the manly pursuit of victory on the gridiron. Not anymore.
The overflow crowd at Rams Park did not intimidate Michael Sam.