ESPN apologizes for reporting on whether Michael Sam is showering with his teammates after practice

posted at 2:41 pm on August 27, 2014 by Allahpundit

I don’t get it.

After it found itself at the epicenter of a storm of criticism over a report on the shower habits of Michael Sam, the first openly gay player on an NFL roster, and his teammates, ESPN responded Wednesday morning with a further statement on the report.

“ESPN regrets the manner in which we presented our report. Clearly yesterday we collectively failed to meet the standards we have set in reporting on LGBT-related topics in sports.”…

In its initial response to the firestorm, ESPN reponded Tuesday: “In response to recent questions about Sam fitting in with the team, multiple Rams brought up the shower topic and we relayed that information as part of our reporting.” Clearly, it felt it was necessary to walk that back Wednesday.

Watch the report. From the term “shower habits,” you would think one of the anchors had asked, with a smirk, “So, has Sam dropped the soap yet?” But the exchange is low key and matter of fact. The anchor wants to know, go figure, how the NFL’s first openly gay player is fitting in. Remember him? The guy whose coming out last year was international news and inspired maybe eight thousand stories asking, “How well will Sam fit in?” Here’s ESPN following up, and here’s their correspondent with an update: He seems to be fitting in fine, although one Rams player thinks he might be delaying his own showers after practice so as not to make some teammates uncomfortable. However you want to slice that, it’s news. If Sam really is waiting to shower, it shows that he senses there might still be some awkwardness in the locker room and wants to introduce himself to the team gradually. If he isn’t, it shows there’s already some misunderstanding of his behavior because of his orientation. This can’t be an historic, trailblazing, as-yet-untested social experiment worth celebrating by the media six months ago and a nothing-to-see-here story about just another rookie now.

And listen: As much as the chattering class may feel that any focus on Sam’s behavior in the shower room is prurient and a minor footnote to his overall integration with the team, I promise there are lots and lots of ESPN viewers whose very first thought when they consider an openly gay NFL player is how the other guys will feel being around him naked. Like it or not, that’s how it is. The irony of ESPN taking heat for this clip is that those viewers are probably more likely to accept Sam after watching it, not less. The upshot, whichever Rams source you choose to believe, is that the shower room hasn’t been an issue so far. Sam’s focused on football and on making his team as comfortable as possible, which is commendable. But then, it’s nothing new for identity politics to toggle between “we’re different and you should accept our differences” and “we’re the same and you should ignore any differences, which are trivial.” Six months ago we were in the first mode and now, with Sam’s integration top priority for the media, we’re in the second.

He made the first roster cut in the preseason, by the way.


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“Hey Big Guy…….. you come here often?”

Yeah, I do… because it’s the locker room Sam!!”

Coquettish giggle, “Oh my!”

Fathom on August 27, 2014 at 5:59 PM

So you can’t be around women without getting a boner? So just because you are pervert, doesn’t make all gay people like you. I am woman and I can shower around men and not get the desire to F@ck any of them. I guess I have great self control.

coolrepublica on August 27, 2014 at 3:48 PM

I have two reasons why that isn’t a problem.

1. You outweigh Sandra Fluke
2. You shower with gay men.

There is no way I could possibly shower with NFL cheerleader caliber females without coming to attention. No way.

ConstantineXI on August 27, 2014 at 6:12 PM

Why doesn’t ESPN get it? We don’t care about little fairy boy. He sucks and shouldn’t make an NFL roster. But will because the NFL will demand it.

pdigaudio on August 27, 2014 at 6:18 PM

Is ESPN so worried about this because Olberman is trolling for some ass?

bbinfl on August 27, 2014 at 6:19 PM

Sandra Fluke is the cure for the four hour erection from the Cialis commericials. If she and I were the last two people on Earth, the human race would become extinct.

pdigaudio on August 27, 2014 at 6:19 PM

Why should they apologize? In my opinion, its a valid topic. Just how do they handle those situations when you have a man who is attracted to other men and declared so, amongst them?

Id feel a bit odd showering and the like around a man I know is attracted to other men. If he does wait so other feel more comfortable, good. He should.

bucsox79 on August 27, 2014 at 6:23 PM

its a valid topic.

bucsox79 on August 27, 2014 at 6:23 PM

Of course it is. We have entered a PC era in which the most obvious stuff cannot be addressed without fear of being called a racist, sexist, homophobe, etc. etc.

CW on August 27, 2014 at 6:25 PM

We’re ruled by idiots.
Of course it’s not only awkward, it’s wrong to force men to shower with a homosexual.
Would they demand that a women’s team shower with a man?
No, of course not…not yet.
But those days are coming.
Because we’re ruled by idiots.

itsnotaboutme on August 27, 2014 at 6:35 PM

The upshot, whichever Rams source you choose to believe, is that the shower room hasn’t been an issue so far.

Duh!

Allahpundit, I can’t believe you could say something this foolish!

It because the players have been intimidated into silence!

Duh!

itsnotaboutme on August 27, 2014 at 6:39 PM

although i agree with AP regarding ESPN not needing to apologize for their coverage, their coverage of the draft was an embarrassment.

that being said, those of you claiming michael sam sucks as a football player probably don’t realize he is tied for 3rd in the league in total sacks this preseason with 3 sacks in 3 games. 2 of those sacks were against former heisman winner johnny football (who may not have a successful NFL career but is know for evading the rush). even if he doesn’t make the rams roster, he’ll likely be picked up by another team off waivers.

dbilly76 on August 27, 2014 at 6:41 PM

Why doesn’t ESPN get it? We don’t care about little fairy boy. He sucks and shouldn’t make an NFL roster. But will because the NFL will demand it.

pdigaudio on August 27, 2014 at 6:18 PM

ESPN is going to MAKE YOU CARE, unsophisticated RUBE, whether you WANT to or NOT.

ESPN is ALSO going to MAKE YOU LOVE SOCCER, because it’s the WORLDS GAME.

ConstantineXI on August 27, 2014 at 6:42 PM

Of course it is. We have entered a PC era in which the most obvious stuff cannot be addressed without fear of being called a racist, sexist, homophobe, etc. etc.

CW on August 27, 2014 at 6:25 PM

Such as the fact that “Gentle” Mike Brown and “Saint” Trayvon Martin (of the Blessed Hoodie) were destined to be killed because of the BLACK culture they came from.

Nope, not allowed to say that, ever.

ConstantineXI on August 27, 2014 at 6:44 PM

So you can’t be around women without getting a boner? So just because you are pervert, doesn’t make all gay people like you. I am woman and I can shower around men and not get the desire to F@ck any of them. I guess I have great self control.

coolrepublica on August 27, 2014 at 3:48 PM

I would imagine the desire or lack thereof is mutual.

HumpBot Salvation on August 27, 2014 at 7:05 PM

Stupid report, stupid post, stupid comments.

I find it interesting that Allahpundit failed to mention the most salient response to Josina Anderson’s painfully lame attempt to portray the Rams as a bunch of homophobic Neanderthals, defensive end Chris Long’s eight word tweet:

Dear ESPN,
Everyone but you is over it.

Indeed they are. Michael Sam is the first openly gay NFL player. He is not the first gay NFL player. Straight and gay men have been showering together in the NFL for ages, as have straight and gay men in the armed services, in the NBA, in Major League baseball, and in local gyms across the fruited plain. Business is business. Nobody cares.

It should be obvious to anyone with an IQ over 60 that the dim bint Josina Anderson was punked by the anonymous player who told her that “Sam is respecting our space”, and that he waits to take a shower so as to not make them feel uncomfortable. Anderson, who looks like a poster girl for gender reassignment therapy, probably thought she was making her bones with the Homintern by implying that poor little Sam was cowering in the corner waiting for the gay bashers to finish cleaning up. She was probably expecting a massive attack by Fox News, and a promotion. Instead she got brutalized by everyone except Allahpundit, and just looks stupid, and out of her, ah, league.

Sam was properly criticized for his appalling reality show/cake-smeared same-sex kiss on national television, because it was just the type of narcissistic stunt that many feared would take the media focus off the game, and damage the team. But Sam seems to have learned from his mistake, and hunkered down. Sam had to choose between being a professional football player who happens to be homosexual, and a professional homosexual who happens to play football. After a shaky start, he seems to have chosen the former. I wish him, and his team, well. Everyone involved will certainly have a better chance of succeeding if the likes of Josina Anderson can refrain from ginning up a little fake controversy to jump start their pathetic careers.

I promise there are lots and lots of ESPN viewers whose very first thought when they consider an openly gay NFL player is how the other guys will feel being around him naked.

What an embarrassing statement. I can promise you, Allahpundit, that most ESPN viewers would agree with Chris Long. What the hell is wrong with you? Of all people, you should know better.

Joseph K on August 27, 2014 at 7:13 PM

So you can’t be around women without getting a boner? So just because you are pervert, doesn’t make all gay people like you. I am woman and I can shower around men and not get the desire to F@ck any of them. I guess I have great self control.

coolrepublica on August 27, 2014 at 3:48 PM

And most women(nearly all) would not want to shower with men for many reasons. You’re a whack job. Certifiable.

Indeed they are. Michael Sam is the first openly gay NFL player. He is not the first gay NFL player. Straight and gay men have been showering together in the NFL for ages

Generally not outed Joseph K. but hey you have it all figured out and you’re so much smarter and open-minded than us./

CW on August 27, 2014 at 7:21 PM

And Joseph KK….

when the day comes when more and more women play on traditional men’s sports teams they will professionally shower with the men too? Right? And don’t tell me it’s completely different. You’re dishonest won’t fly here.

CW on August 27, 2014 at 7:24 PM

I would not shower with a gay woman or gay women under any circumstance.

It’s a violation of privacy. It would be like me, after a workout at the gym showering with a bunch of guys ogling me.

Nevah Gonna Happen.

I’ve had many gay friends throughout my life. But back in the Pre-Obama days, we could hang out, have some beer or coffee and we respected one another’s privacy. This sort of “In Yo Face Obama Idiocy” is beyond the pale.

Make it stop.

Key West Reader on August 27, 2014 at 7:31 PM

So you can’t be around women without getting a boner? So just because you are pervert, doesn’t make all gay people like you. I am woman and I can shower around men and not get the desire to F@ck any of them. I guess I have great self control.

coolrepublica on August 27, 2014 at 3:48 PM

And most women(nearly all) would not want to shower with men for many reasons. You’re a whack job. Certifiable.

CW on August 27, 2014 at 7:21 PM

Apparently coolrepublica thinks CW & I should be happy to be forced to shower with her.

And a women’s team should be happy to be forced to shower with a man, in her opinion.

Is that true, CR?

Or are you inconsistent?

itsnotaboutme on August 27, 2014 at 7:35 PM

So you can’t be around women without getting a boner? So just because you are pervert, doesn’t make all gay people like you. I am woman and I can shower around men and not get the desire to F@ck any of them. I guess I have great self control.

coolrepublica on August 27, 2014 at 3:48 PM

I’m a bit late to “this” particular party and “post”

So, I just wanted to say to you, “coolrepublica” that you are apparently an unfeeling, unapologetic, gender neutral ObamaBot. Congratulations.

For a hetero Male to shower with a Homo Male is un-natural, and ONE gay black football player – and a sh*tty one at that – should not be made some sort of hero. Name and shame… he’s a gay black guy – that’s about it. And his fellow black bro’s don’t want him looking at their junk.

Simple. Call me what you will. I could care less so STFU and GTFO

Key West Reader on August 27, 2014 at 7:37 PM

I didn’t see it. Does he get a woody?

Lonetown on August 27, 2014 at 7:37 PM

For a hetero Male to shower with a Homo Male is un-natural,

Whole lotta “un-natural” going on in every privately-owned locker-room in America.

Jedditelol on August 27, 2014 at 7:50 PM

That is, I certainly don’t hear the theme song from “The Twilight Zone” when I’m in the locker-room of the gym I go to. Could just be me, though. Maybe the other guys do hear it…

Jedditelol on August 27, 2014 at 7:55 PM

Whole lotta “un-natural” going on in every privately-owned locker-room in America.

Jedditelol on August 27, 2014 at 7:50 PM

Every?

It’s not really accurate, in a sense, to label homosexuality as “unnatural.”
Because animals do it.
But that doesn’t make it right.
Animals also cannibalize, steal, rape, & kill over territory disputes.
So it’s hilarious to see homosexuals appeal to homosexuality in nature as a justification for their barnyard morality.

itsnotaboutme on August 27, 2014 at 7:57 PM

I would not shower with a gay woman or gay women under any circumstance.

It’s a violation of privacy. It would be like me, after a workout at the gym showering with a bunch of guys ogling me.

Nevah Gonna Happen.

I’ve had many gay friends throughout my life. But back in the Pre-Obama days, we could hang out, have some beer or coffee and we respected one another’s privacy. This sort of “In Yo Face Obama Idiocy” is beyond the pale.

Make it stop.

Key West Reader on August 27, 2014 at 7:31 PM

How do you know you haven’t? If you went to high school or college, we had to shower after sports or ‘gym class’.

Redford on August 27, 2014 at 8:06 PM

Whole lotta “un-natural” going on in every privately-owned locker-room in America.

Jedditelol on August 27, 2014 at 7:50 PM

You dig the idea. We don’t.

BTW you know nobody goes into the shower saying they’re gay. Now FO with the silliness. Pathetic.

CW on August 27, 2014 at 9:05 PM

When I was young I was gay.
But then they changed the meaning of that word.
Now I can’t be gay anymore.
And that makes me sad.

Galtian on August 27, 2014 at 9:08 PM

I am woman and I can shower around men and not get the desire to F@ck any of them. I guess I have great self control.

coolrepublica on August 27, 2014 at 3:48 PM

But you’re 300 pounds and know that no one is interested in you.

In psychology terms, that’s called “Reaction Formation”.

hawkdriver on August 27, 2014 at 9:17 PM

That is, I certainly don’t hear the theme song from “The Twilight Zone” when I’m in the locker-room of the gym I go to. Could just be me, though. Maybe the other guys do hear it…

Jedditelol on August 27, 2014 at 7:55 PM

You never feel strange when you’re the pervert doing the ogling. In your mind, you’re doing something very natural.

hawkdriver on August 27, 2014 at 9:19 PM


USC Football Star Didn’t Sprain Ankles Saving Drowning Nephew – He Was Burglarizing Home

USC Star Josh Shaw told university officials he sprained his ankles when he jumped from a two-story balcony to save his drowning nephew.

Shaw said, “I would do it again in a heartbeat.”

Josh Shaw was burglarizing a home when he was injured.

Today he admitted his heroic rescue was all a big lie.

Resist We Much on August 27, 2014 at 9:40 PM

Today he admitted his heroic rescue was all a big lie.

Hey, it’s not like he had a fake girlfriend in the hospital or anything…

Galtian on August 27, 2014 at 10:06 PM

Wow. Okay, I know there’s a lot to disagree with coolrepublica about, but holy crap you guys. Resorting to insults on her weight? How childish can you freaking get? Grow up.

Naga_Jolokia on August 27, 2014 at 10:14 PM

hawkdriver on August 27, 2014 at 9:17 PM

LMAO, but it’s not her weight that’s the problem. It’s the light headiness in her argument, as she takes shallow to a new low.

If I want to go shallow, and sometimes it’s worth a trip, I prefer a gentleman’s club and the shapely pole and lap dancers instead.

TXUS on August 27, 2014 at 10:29 PM

*yawn*.

dengony on August 28, 2014 at 1:40 AM

This is ridiculous.

bluegill on August 28, 2014 at 3:36 AM

Listen, you let me shower with a team of naked female athletes and my head is going to be on a constant swivel. If Sam’s isn’t, then there are only two possibilities:

A. He’s not human

or

B. He’s not gay

Lamont Cranston on August 28, 2014 at 4:53 AM

Wow. Okay, I know there’s a lot to disagree with coolrepublica about, but holy crap you guys. Resorting to insults on her weight? How childish can you freaking get? Grow up.

Naga_Jolokia on August 27, 2014 at 10:14 PM

Indeed.
Let the Dems & the leftist websites do all the hating.
This site ought to be known for constructive & informative dialog.

itsnotaboutme on August 28, 2014 at 6:29 AM

Why would ESPN need to have set different standards for LGBT related topics? Wouldn’t traditional journalistic/media standards apply across the board for all topics from Tebow to Sam?

stop2think on August 28, 2014 at 7:58 AM

I am woman and I can shower around men and not get the desire to F@ck any of them. I guess I have great self control.

coolrepublica on August 27, 2014 at 3:48 PM

Oh please. Go ahead and enlighten us on ANY circumstance in your past where you showered with (around?) men, who were also showering in the exact same place at the exact same time. I’m betting it’s never happened, meaning you have no idea how you would react in that situation.

That said, who cares???

I don’t care. I don’t care who Sam sleeps with. I don’t even care who he marries. If the worst I have to deal with is the chance that he’ll see me in the shower and think I’m attractive, so what? As long as he keeps to himself and isn’t rubbing one out right there, who cares???

runawayyyy on August 28, 2014 at 10:43 AM

Another victory for the Gaystapo!

Do what they say, and talk about it the way they want it talked about! Or else!

FishingwFredo on August 28, 2014 at 11:35 AM

gay men and women have been showering with us for decades in gyms across the country. there has been no outrage there. there will be none now in the NFL locker rooms… no matter how much the left wants it.

smallwaukee on August 28, 2014 at 1:23 PM

You guys are pathetic. Are you really upset about not getting a blow-by-blow account of Michael Sam’s shower experience with the men of the St. Louis Rams?

I see what you did there.

Do you really want him to hear him describe the dreamlike scene of dozens of nude, virulent 20-something fresh young men with taut and athletically-tuned bodies? Do you actually want to hear about the suds dripping unhurriedly between their firm and powerful butts?

You guys are all clearly a bunch of closeted phags living in denial.

Frank Lib on August 27, 2014 at 3:08 PM

You clearly had to think awhile on this in order to come up with that imagery.

fossten on August 28, 2014 at 2:14 PM

I have some advice for straight NFL players: if you drop the soap, don’t bend over and pick it up.

earlgrey on August 28, 2014 at 2:19 PM

You guys are all clearly a bunch of closeted phags living in denial.

Frank Lib on August 27, 2014 at 3:08 PM

Well according to Ron White, ALL men are at least a little bit gay – and he supposedly proved it….

;)

dentarthurdent on August 28, 2014 at 3:03 PM

gay men and women have been showering with us for decades in gyms across the country. there has been no outrage there. there will be none now in the NFL locker rooms… no matter how much the left wants it.

smallwaukee on August 28, 2014 at 1:23 PM

I gotta think that white baseball player who wanted Jackie Robinson to shower with him might have been – that way – not that there’s anything wrong with that….
;)

dentarthurdent on August 28, 2014 at 3:07 PM

Nothing like a little extracurricular slap and tickle.

Citizen Jerry on August 28, 2014 at 4:03 PM

Michael Sam is not a very good player, and in fact, he sucks…….oh wait.

dthorny on August 28, 2014 at 10:40 PM

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