ESPN loves Michael Sam. While he’s no doubt an NFL player who deserves a little extra coverage, the worldwide leader sometimes goes a bit overboard. That happened on Tuesday when Josina Anderson ‘reported’ on Sam’s showering habits. Yes, his showering habits.
Many, including Sam’s teammate Chris Long, felt this ‘reporting’ was flat out uncalled for.
Dear ESPN, Everyone but you is over it.
— Chris Long (@JOEL9ONE) August 26, 2014
The 24-hour news channels are all pretty awful, but ESPN reporting on Michael Sam’s shower habits bumps them toward the front of the pack.
— Russell Hainline (@RussellHFilm) August 26, 2014
Only surprise about ESPN detailing Michael Sam’s shower habits is that Skip and Stephen A. weren’t the ones all over it. — SI_DougFarrar (@SI_DougFarrar) August 26, 2014
It is humiliating that the 4 letter network is covering the shower habits of the Rams and Michael Sam. Sam and the Rams deserve more respect
— Sean Salisbury (@SeanUnfiltered) August 26, 2014
While Sam is certainly worthy of an NFL roster spot (with the Rams or another team), it’s obvious to everyone that he only gets extended coverage because of his sexual orientation. It’s fine that he gets so much coverage, because he is a trail-blazing athlete, but you can file the reports on his showering status into the category of things that most people don’t want to hear about.
Most folks tuning into an episode of SportsCenter are looking for actual sports coverage, but that’s becoming more and more difficult as ESPN continues to turn into a 24/7 gossip/news network.