Former NFL athlete Michael Sam is trending and an alleged “secret deal” made between the Rams and producers of the HBO series, Hard Knocks seems to be why.
NFL Reporter Howard Balzer tweeted the below, Wednesday night.
Sources say NFL agreed not to have Rams on Hard Knocks in 2014 if they drafted Michael Sam.
— Howard Balzer (@HBalzer721) March 23, 2016
According to circulating yet conflicting reports, the-then St. Louis Rams drafted Sam, who is the first openly gay NFL player, in 2014 to avoid appearing on the documentary-style sports reality show.
The team, who recently made a move to Los Angeles, will be featured on the series this year.
Sam’s football career was short-lived with the Rams, who cut the former defensive end ahead of the 2014 regular season. He was then picked up by the Dallas Cowboys practice squad, but his stint with the team lasted only seven weeks.
As for the Hard Knocks controversy, Rams Coach Jeff Fischer called the reports “absurd and 100 percent incorrect” during an interview with ESPN’s Mike & Mike, Thursday.
“We drafted Michael, who was the best player on the board. And who in their right mind would think that you’d give up a draft choice to avoid doing something like that—something that I think would benefit the organization.”
While the sketchy situation is topping sports news, Michael Sam is less than concerned. His shrugged off response to the chatter came via twitter.
I’m not surprised at all https://t.co/wGnyFpuIVP
— Michael Sam (@MichaelSamNFL) March 23, 2016