ESPN apologizes for report that discussed Michael Sam’s shower habits

Yes, they better apologize.

Yesterday, ESPN reporter Josina Anderson talked about Michael Sam’s shower habits in the St. Louis Rams’ locker room.

Obviously, way off base.

This morning, the network issued an apology:

“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.”

Right. Time for more training on LGBT-related topics in sports.

Cyd Zeigler of Outsports was among those who blasted Anderson for the report. In the youtube video, he mocks Anderson by doing his commentary alone from the shower. “God forbid I might shower with straight guys,” he said.

Zeigler brought up a good point. He compared the situation to the women reporters in the locker room issue. Why didn’t Anderson ask the Rams players how they felt about her being around men who were naked and showering after a game?

Perhaps because that question was confronted and handled by a previous generation of women reporters, allowing Anderson the freedom to be in the locker room.




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