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Oprah Winfrey Buys Rights To Openly Gay NFL Player Story



The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) announced on Wednesday that it had purchased the rights to a documentary series that will follow the life of Michael Sam.
Sam became the first openly gay man to be taken in the NFL Draft when he was picked Saturday in the seventh round as the 249th pick.
Cameras were with Sam when he received the call that he was drafted and will follow him through training camp as he tries to make the St. Louis Rams team roster.


"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," said Winfrey, in a statement. "I am proud of the focus on authentic storytelling in our new documentary series format. The next real-life story we follow in 'The Untitled Michael Sam Project' promises to spark valuable, important discussion on life in America today. Acceptance and illumination start here."
"If seeing my story helps somebody else accept who they are and to go for their dreams too, that's great," Sam said, in a statement. "I am thankful to Oprah for her support and excited to work together."
Sam's jersey was the second most popular jersey of draft weekend, selling more on the NFL's official store than any rookie aside from Johnny Manziel.


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