News

Oprah producing Michael Sam docu-series

Oprah producing Michael Sam docu-series

MICHAEL SAM:The Rams selected Sam, 24, on Saturday in the seventh round of the NFL Draft three months after the defensive end from the University of Missouri came out publicly. Photo: Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Oprah Winfrey’s OWN television network said on Wednesday that it will produce a documentary series about St. Louis Rams football player Michael Sam, the first openly gay player to be drafted in the NFL.

The network, which is jointly owned by Winfrey and Discovery Communications Inc, said the series will follow Sam as he prepares for a career in professional football and tries to make the Rams roster.

The Rams selected Sam, 24, on Saturday in the seventh round of the NFL Draft three months after the defensive end from the University of Missouri came out publicly.

PHOTOS: Draft day

Sam’s story attracted wide attention in the lead-up to the annual draft, and his tearful embrace of his boyfriend when drafted has quickly become an emblematic moment for the sport.

A start date for the series, its title or the number of episodes OWN planned to air were not announced.

(Reporting by Eric Kelsey; Editing by Piya Sinha-Roy and Andre Grenon)

Latest Stories

in Election, Local, Surrounding Counties

Webb Skipped Democrats’ Minnesota Event

Webb Jim 110706 (RG)

Former U.S Senator Jim Webb (D- Falls Church) skips the Democrats' summer meeting in Minneapolis.

in Local, Virginia Assembly

Judge Lets Lawsuit Against Plate Readers Stick

ACLU Logo

A judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit that involves license-plate readers.

in Local, Surrounding Counties

Teen Athlete On Mend After Accident

Spotsylvania County Sheriff's Patch

A high school athlete is recuperating from a two-vehicle collision in Spostylvania County.

in Local, Surrounding Counties

Pro Player No Longer Faces Felony Charge

Virginia Beach Seal

A professional football player is no longer facing a felony charge in Virginia Beach.

in Entertainment

‘Siri, can you give me a hint?’ Apple confirms September event

16-overlay14

The rumors are true: Apple will host an event Sept. 9 in San Francisco.