ESPN Apologizes for Michael Sam Shower Report on 'SportsCenter'

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"We collectively failed to meet the standards we have set in reporting on LGBT-related topics in sports," the network said

A day after backlash greeted a SportsCenter report that discussed when St. Louis Rams player Michael Sam showers after practice, ESPN apologized in a statement. Sam made history earlier this year by becoming the first active NFL athlete to come out as gay. 

"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," the network said in a statement tweeted by Josh Krulewitz, vp of communications at ESPN.

The SportsCenter segment, aired on Tuesday, featured ESPN reporter Josina Anderson discussing the football team's roster cuts. The ESPN news chyron read, "How Michael Sam is fitting in with Rams teammates." 

Anderson, reporting from Earth City, Missouri, stated that "Another Rams defensive player told me that, 'Sam is respecting our space' and that, from his perspective, he seems to think that Michael Sam is waiting to kind of take a shower as not to make his teammates feel uncomfortable." 

The video, as noted by USA Today Sports, is below. 

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