On Tuesday’s SportsCenter, Josina Anderson reported on Michael Sam’s showering habits with his Rams teammates. The report drew widespread criticism across the sports world for its singling out of Sam. When he showers or with who in the locker room is nobody’s business, yet by making this information public ESPN is stirring up the worst stereotypes and paranoia regarding Sam.
Early Wednesday morning, ESPN PR released this statement saying they regretted 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.”
It’s the proper response because the report should never have been filed. Whipping up a hysteria about whether or not he’s showering with his teammates is always going to single out Sam and make him a distraction.
Here’s the report if you missed it yesterday…