The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) has postponed a planned documentary on Michael Sam, the first openly gay football player to be drafted by the NFL.
According to the AP, OWN executives altered course after meeting with the St. Louis Rams.
"After careful consideration and discussion with the St. Louis Rams, 'The Untitled Michael Sam Project' has been postponed," OWN President Erik Logan said in a statement, "allowing Michael the best opportunity to achieve his dream of making the team."
The 24-year-old All-American defensive end from Missouri was drafted last week in the final round of the NFL draft and faces a steep incline to make the Rams.
"This [postponement] will allow for Michael to have a total focus on football, and will ensure no distractions to his teammates," said Cameron Weiss, Sam's agent."Everybody involved remains committed to this project and understands its historical importance as well as its positive message."