Via: KaSandra Hunt | Wednesday, August 27, 2014 10:58AM CST
This week one of our favorite journalist, Josina Anderson, had the pleasure of getting insider interviews with the St. Louis Rams as they prepare to head into final roster spots selection and forst regular season game. Per ESPN,
On Tuesday, Anderson appeared live on SportsCenter from Earth City, Mo. to report on various Rams topics. At the end of the segment, she was asked how Sam, the first openly gay player in NFL history, was fitting in with teammates. Anderson first quoted Sam’s fellow defensive lineman Kendall Langford, who called the rookie “just one of the guys.”
Supposedly, Anderson reported something she’d heard from one of Sam’s teammates. Namely, that Sam seemed to be skipping the showers while his other teammates were there. Ostensibly not to make them uncomfortable.
ESPN is quoted in saying, “They regret the manner in which we presented our report,” the statement said. “Clearly yesterday we collectively failed to meet the standards we have set in reporting on LGBT-related topics in sports.”
As journalists we are often forced to tackle stories that are like an unmonitored case of exploding fireworks, yet that is what we are trained to handle. I think Josina did a pretty good job of addressing the situation on a very professional level. This should not be a major issue and how he chooses to live life should not be a sideshow spectacle.
Michael Sam is a talented DE looking to make the roster and history in the NFL beyond simply being an openly gay player. I look forward to seeing how Sam’s professional career unfolds and more interviews and commentary for ESPN’s Ms. Josina Anderson.
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