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Michael Sam was the first openly gay player to be drafted in the NFL, and if he plays for his St Louis Rams in the league he will become the first openly gay player to start in the NFL.

In between now and then, what Sam needs is to be fully focused on the job of making the Rams team. However, it was announced last week that he would be taking part in a documentary about his life with Oprah Winfrey.

Now this was a move that the seventh-round pick was persuaded into by his representatives in conjunction with the Oprah Winfrey Network.

The documentary was planned to be about Sam's fight to take a spot on the Rams ahead of the 2014 NFL season.

The OWN had planned to show his story behind the backdrop of him competing under a media microscope.

Now though, the tone has changed dramatically, with the network insisting they pulled the plug to preserve Sam's attention for purely football matters.

This got quickly scrapped though in the ensuing days, and it's understood the decision revolves around Sam's desire to not put too much pressure on himself ahead of his first training camp and pre-season in the NFL.

It's completely ridiculous that Sam found himself in this situation at all, and thankfully he is now out of it before training camp begins.

All rookies need to start on a relatively even level before training camp begins, with an array of new guys all fighting for their place.

Sam having an on-going documentary going on during training camp would have been a massive distraction, and it certainly wouldn't have gone down well with his team-mates that's for sure.

Special treatment, let alone for a seventh pick, is insane and it's great that the idea was shot down.

Former NFL pro-bowler Heath Evans believes that Sam's '"rookie ignorance" was responsible for his misguided approach, and he suggested that "some rookies just don't know not to put themselves under pressure."

More than anything he's done, his representatives should take the ultimate responsibility for guiding the former Missouri defender the wrong way.

It's clear that they only wanted to make money out of Sam, and if the new Rams man as anything about him he should immediately fire them and bring in people that have his interests first.

As much as Sam will become a personality of football and an advocate for homosexuality down the road, right now he needs to 100% focus on football, and Evans insists as well that he his representatives have to go.

"If I was Michael Sam, I would fire them today. For them to put him in this situation is crazy. The only reason this has been shutdown is because of the stink that has been raised," said Evans.

"They put this kid in a bad position. All they cared about was themselves. They wanted all the publicity that they were going to get from Michael Sam. They don't care about Michael Sam.

Let's just hope that Sam makes a wise decision to part ways with his representatives soon.

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