Michael Sam's Shower Habits Reported By ESPN; Network Later Apologizes
By The Sports Xchange
Aug 28, 2014 at 10:55 AM
Sports television network ESPN said on Wednesday it regrets a report that detailed the showering habits of St. Louis Rams defensive end Michael Sam, the first openly gay player to be drafted in the NFL.
The Walt Disney Co-owned network received criticism on Tuesday after reporter Josina Anderson quoted an anonymous Rams player saying that Sam waited to take showers "as not to make his teammates feel uncomfortable."
"ESPN regrets the manner in which we presented our report," the company said in a statement. "Clearly yesterday we collectively failed to meet the standards we have set in reporting on LGBT-related topics in sports."
Anderson had been asked how Sam was fitting in with his teammates.