From Lindsay Lohan to... Michael Sam?
Let no one accuse Oprah Winfrey's struggling television network of not being diverse.
OWN announced today that that it will air a series which chronicles Sam’s journey as the first openly gay player in the NFL, with a press release describing the program as "a deeply personal, up-close look at the remarkable man at the center of this groundbreaking moment in professional sports."
Sam was drafted in the 7th round of last week's NFL draft and will head this summer to the St. Louis Rams training camp.
He still must make the 53-man roster this fall.
"We are honored that Michael is trusting us with his private journey in this moment that has not only made history but will shape it forever,” Winfrey said in a statement.
“I am proud of the focus on authentic storytelling in our new documentary series format. The next real-life story we follow in The Untitled Michael Sam Project promises to spark valuable, important discussion on life in America today. Acceptance and illumination start here."
ESPN cameras captured Sam receiving a call from Rams head coach on Saturday, alerting him to his selection.
It was a special, raw moment:
Of course, it also became a controversial moment because people suck and took issue with multiple images of Sam kissing his boyfriend.
Said Sam:"Like every player out there working to make a team right now, my focus is on playing football to the very best of my ability. I am determined. And if seeing my story helps somebody else accept who they are and to go for their dreams too, that’s great. I am thankful to Oprah for her support and excited to work together."