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Michael Sam vs. Michael $am

My cousin (who I didn’t even know read my blog so SHOUTOUT TO YOU!!! ūüôā ) sent me this article. ¬†And it is SPOT ON with how I feel in regards to Michael $am deciding to do this docuseries.

Disclaimer: Let’s be clear. ¬†If you’re thinking that I am being critical of Michael simply because he is gay, you really can move around. ¬†You all should know that I firmly believe people have the right to do whatever it is that they want to do. It’s actually none of my business. ¬†UNLESS YOU MAKE IT MY BUSINESS. ¬†I see people cosigning and cheering on WHATEVER¬†Michael Sam does, no matter how ill-advised, simply because he is the first openly gay football player to be drafted. ¬†And I think that is a mistake. ¬†And I think it is perfectly okay to call out whatever mistakes he makes just like we would do ANY OTHER ATHLETE in his position. ¬†His sexuality doesn’t excuse him from being criticized. And all of those who criticize him *gasp* don’t hate gay people. ¬†I am a heterosexual woman who is of the opinion that Michael Sam is making a huge mistake in regard to what he says is his major focus. And no, I am not homophobic, a bigot, hateful, discriminatory, etc. etc. etc. Nope. ¬†And if that’s the automatic assumption you’ve come to, BYE! ūüôā

ANYWAY.

This article is SPOT ON with my feelings about this whole situation. ¬†I’ll admit that I’m probably gonna copy and paste the entire thing, but you also should go read the whole article from ESPN.

Michael Sam’s decision to do a “documentary series” — reality TV show — on the Oprah Winfrey Network is a gigantic tactical error for Sam and his supporters within the LGBT community.

America, for the most part, would wrap its arms around Michael Sam, the gay, underdog football player fighting to find his place in the NFL. America, for the most part, will reject Michael $am, the gay, in-your-face political/media pawn using the NFL as a platform to launch his celebrity brand.

Michael $am contradicts Michael Sam, the SEC Defensive Player of the Year who repeatedly swore he just wanted to focus on football, not his sexuality.

Oprah and her foundering TV network do not care about X’s and O’s. They care about salacious and sensational human drama and the kind of XOXOXs that take place in the bedroom. For context, OWN is the documentary-series home for Lindsay Lohan, the child actress-turned-serial drug-rehabber. ¬† That is not written to suggest OWN does not do and aspire to do high-end TV journalism (Lance Armstrong interview). It’s written to imply that even Oprah’s standards cave to the demands of Nielsen ratings.

Michael $am undermines the credibility of Michael Sam.

Yes.  To everything. Yes yes yes yes.

It all feels orchestrated now: the¬†draft-day kiss; the cake-covered face; the tears; the celebration that conveniently captured just Sam, his boyfriend and his two agents; and even the “Stand with Sam” T-shirts selling onmichaelsam.com.

Who knew a reality TV show was being filmed? Who knew Sam’s agents (Cameron Weiss and Joe Barkett) and publicist (Howard Bragman) had cut deals to be producers on the reality TV show?

This is all scripted and amateur. And devious, too.

See, I thought the extended coverage of his reaction was odd. ¬†NO other player got that coverage. And I was also wondering why his family wasn’t in the shot. ¬†And who were those people??? ¬†But. ¬†We now have answers. What we NOW know, is that he was being filmed for his reality tv show at that time, and the people in his shot are directly involved in said reality show. ¬†Come on.

Michael Sam, the football player, is being used … by everyone. Weiss, Barkett and Bragman are cashing in. Oprah is hoping an attachment to the NFL can breathe life into her network the way the league does for CBS, Fox, NBC and ESPN. The LGBT movement appears to be more concerned with Sam advancing the cause than making the roster. And, yes, the cause is more important than football. But playing football advances the cause a lot more than Real World St. Louis.

Absolutely. ¬†It is no secret that Oprah’s network has suffered. ¬†It simply hasn’t done well. ¬†There is no doubt in my mind that she saw the perfect opportunity to cash in. ¬†Which, hey, that’s what anybody in her position would do, right? So I can’t really blame her for that. ¬†However, it’s just not a good move on the part of Michael Sam. ¬†As mentioned, he’s continued to say he doesn’t want his sexuality to be in the forefront. But then you sign onto a show that does just that?

But Sam has to play in the NFL to be an effective role model and pioneer. He has to fit into a locker room environment before he can transform that environment.

He is simply not a good enough football player to travel with Oprah’s circus¬†and¬†the NFL’s. He needs to choose one. He’s a seventh-round draft pick who ran a 4.91-second 40-yard dash at the combine. He’s a special-teams player.

Sam’s handlers have misinterpreted the comparisons between Sam and Jackie Robinson. No. 42 had Hall of Fame talent from day one. No one questioned his skill. His teammates could not deny his obvious ability to excel in the majors and help the Dodgers win.

I know the meme: Sam was SEC Defensive Player of the Year and a first-team All-American. Of course he can play in the NFL.

Well, Jackson Jeffcoat, son of former NFL defensive lineman Jim Jeffcoat, was Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year and a consensus All-American at defensive end. He was a five-star recruit coming out of high school. Jeffcoat did not get drafted and signed a free-agent contract with Seattle.

I believe Michael Sam can play in the NFL. I’ve written that, and stand by those words. His approach to making a roster is wrong. The NFL unemployment line is littered with guys who had enough talent to play but brought the wrong attitude. In terms of approach, Sam reminds me of¬†Vince Young, the Texas quarterback who came to the league with the¬†wrong handlers in his ear¬†and washed out at a young age.

Ouch. But truth hurts sometimes, bruh.

Sam reported to the combine out of shape and embarrassed himself. He launched a website that is a merchandise store. He complained about being drafted too low. And now he’s signing up for a reality show focused on his personal life and professional journey.

He’s a seventh-round pick. This is preposterous. I support Michael Sam and the movement he represents. However, if I were Rams coach Jeff Fisher, I’d consider cutting $am today. He’s a marginal player with questionable focus on the game.

Michael $am thinks he’s¬†Jadeveon Clowney, a freakish defensive end with questionable passion for the game. Clowney could get away with a reality TV show, a merchandise store and scripted draft-day love scenes. Clowney’s upside is so enormous that coaches and teammates will tolerate his diva tendencies the same way coaches and players toleratedRandy Moss¬†for years.

This thing with Sam is playing out so bizarrely that I now wonder whether his handlers/manipulators totally misread his talent and the NFL. It appears they read “SEC Defensive Player of the Year” and assumed that meant “the next¬†Lawrence Taylor.” They’re likely baffled that Clowney could play in the same conference as Sam, post inferior stats and be the toast of the NFL draft while Sam is a few picks from Mr. Irrelevant.

THIS.

ALL. OF. THIS.

I feel like this writer reached into my heart and soul and poured out (in a better, more knowledgeable, and experienced way lol) EVERYTHING that I feel about this.

It simply isn’t a good look. ¬†What matters here (according to Sam) is football. ¬†And when it was time to show up and show out on THAT end, HE. DIDN’T. Period.

He has a real chance to do exactly what his supporters are cheering him on to do. ¬†But instead, his name is all on major media outlets in a negative tone about this show. ¬†Don’t believe me? Go do a Google search for “Michael Sam.” ¬†The first three headlines you will see is, “Michael Sam’s career faces real danger: The Tim Tebow Effect” from CBS Sports, the ESPN article that I posted above, and then “Michael Sam Is Doing A Reality Show, And That Sucks” from Deadspin. SMH

And MichaelSam.com? Really? How about you make the roster first!?!?!

Sir……

Check out this NFL Live video on Michael Sam’s Documentary:

 

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