The first openly gay NFL draftee is hitting a small screen near you. And we're not talking about ESPN.
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Last night a spokesperson for the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) announced that they had bought the rights to a documentary series on Michael Sam, the first openly gay NFL player. The 24-year-old athlete first made headlines back in February when he publicly came out, and caused a stir earlier this week after a televised kiss with his boyfriend aired on ESPN after Sam learned he had been drafted by the St. Louis Rams.
During the announcement Oprah stated, "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.... Acceptance and illumination start here."
Although the series remains untitled – and an official air date has yet to be announced – the network is said to be working with Emmy-winning producer Craig Piligian and Emmy-nominated filmmaker Amy Rice, and is set to follow the player as he prepares for the upcoming NFL season. Quite frankly, this may be the best thing to hit OWN since, well, everything that's ever aired on OWN.