Michael Sam signed his deal with Oprah before the draft, but he made sure he didn’t tell any teams because he feared they may not draft him.
It seems Michael Sam and representatives did not disclose to the Rams or other teams his OWN documentary plan, fearing might not be picked
— Ed Werder (@EdwerderRFA) May 15, 2014
Sam knew that teams draft late round draft picks gay or not, based on them being focused on the field, not being the next Kardashian, so he had to keep it a secret.
Players like Johnny Manziel, AJ McCarron and others were scrutinized about how their off the field activities could be seen as a distraction. At least though with Manziel and McCarron it was out in the open, not hidden in the closet.
Michael Sam says he was living free and out in the open, but I see that only applied to his sexuality, not his word as a man.
The ironic thing is Sam isn’t much different than any straight athletes. He is looking out for himself first. If that means lying and manipulating people and in this case not disclosing things to NFL teams so be it.
It has worked brilliantly, Oprah and ESPN got their footage, Sam got drafted and he is about to cash out regardless if he makes the team or not. He catfished many people and teams, but at least now it is all out in the open.