ST. LOUIS — LGBT rights advocates have criticized an ESPN reporter for discussing whether gay St. Louis Rams defensive end Michael Sam has showered with his teammates during the preseason.
Josina Anderson said during an August 26 segment that a defense player told her “Sam is respecting our space and that from his perspective he seems to think Michael Sam is waiting to kind of take a shower as not to make his teammates uncomfortable.” The ESPN reporter referred to two other Rams players who said they “weren’t tracking that,” but she continued to discuss the issue.
Cyd Zeigler, co-founder of Outsports.com, an LGBT sports website, criticized Anderson in a video he shot from a shower inside his Los Angeles home.
“As a gay man I have to shower by myself in my own shower because God forbid I might shower with straight guys, there’d be some kind of issue there, at least that’s the message that Josina Anderson was sending today with her report for ESPN about Michael Sam and whether he’s been showering with his teammates or not,” said Zeigler. “It’s disgusting to me that she and frankly that ESPN would allow this to happen.”
Sam, a former defensive end for the University of Missouri, came out as gay earlier this year.
The Rams drafted him in May.
Sam on August 26 survived the team’s first round of roster cuts.