In another exhibition of the cultural tone deafness that has become typical for ESPN, Josina Anderson reported on this morning’s installment of “SportsCenter” a summary of the responses she received from St. Louis Rams players who had been asked about Michael Sam’s showering habits. Anderson quoted an unnamed defensive player as saying that Sam, the first-year player out of the University of Missouri who is currently fighting for a spot on the Rams roster, has exuded respect for his teammates’ personal space, and that Sam is “waiting to kinda take a shower as not to make his teammates feel uncomfortable.”
Sources quoted whose names Anderson did use included veteran defensive lineman Kendall Langford, who said, after admitting he has not yet showered with Sam, that there “could be a million reasons as to why that is,” all of which being related to extra work the aspiring professional football player might be doing before hitting the showers.
Langford also issued a statement that mirrored one given by Rams linebacker Alec Ogletree concerning who has and who has not been showering at the same time as Michael Sam. Neither player, reported Anderson, has been “tracking that.”
SBNation.com, who originally posted the details of this story, promoted the opinion of another of Sam’s potential teammates, an opinion Anderson failed to collect during her interviews. Chris Long, a seven-year veteran of the National Football League who plays the same position Sam wishes to play professionally, took to Twitter to succinctly assess whether ESPN was reporting on or creating out of thin air a story about locker room concerns surrounding the NFL’s first openly homosexual draftee. “Dear ESPN,” Long tweeted. “Everyone but you is over it.”
Anderson devoted the last 10 to 15 seconds of her report to thoughts given by Sam’s peers as to whether or not the rookie defensive lineman is good at playing football.