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Rams' Fisher Angry Over ESPN Piece On Sam's Shower Habits, Reporter's Tactics
Published August 28, 2014
PLAYING IT FOR LAUGHS: Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" last night touched on the controversy, with host Jon Stewart noting Sam on Tuesday "advanced to the St. Louis Rams' 75-man roster" and ESPN has been covering his performance "every step of the way." The broadcast aired Anderson's report, with Stewart asking, "Why would his teammates feel uncomfortable showering with Michael Sam? Does he use Axe Garlic & Rotten Egg Body Wash? ... Michael Sam's gay. Are we not over this yet?" He then cut to correspondent Samantha Bee "reporting" live from the Rams' locker room. She said, "Jon, I hate to say it, but it sounds like Sam is in trouble." Bee said, "His work on the line has been great, but he has been making his teammates very uncomfortable." But Stewart noted, "Actually, they said he's been respecting them; he hasn't been showering with them." Bee interjected and said, "No, no, no. In fact, he hasn't been getting naked around them at all. Jon, there's been no grab-ass, no dick snaps, no ball cupping, none of the locker room behavior of normal, heterosexual NFL players" ("The Daily Show With Jon Stewart," Comedy Central, 8/27).
THE CIRCUS HAS LEFT TOWN: YAHOO SPORTS' Dan Wetzel wrote no matter "how easy it is to make a villain out of 'the media', Sam's time in camp has produced almost none of the circuses, distractions, onslaughts or anything else that some foolishly claimed would be inevitable." There was "just that one, loudly denounced, ESPN report." Sam "wasn't besieged by a pack of media each day." His coaches and teammates "weren't overwhelmed by question after question." In fact, there "was very limited on-sight reporting of Sam." The Rams claim out-of-town media visits "were essentially the same as any other year" (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 8/27).