ESPN has apologized for airing a segment by reporter Josina Anderson that focused on how members of the St. Louis Rams are dealing with showering with openly gay teammate Michael Sam.
The report greatly angered Rams coach Jeff Fisher, who called it unethical, reports Outsports.com
“ESPN regrets the manner in which we presented our report,” the network said in a statement Wednesday. “Clearly on Tuesday we collectively failed to meet the standards we have set in reporting on LGBT-related topics in sports”
Anderson’s report generated widespread criticism after its tone-deaf examination of whether Sam was showering with his teammates or waiting until later. She quoted one unnamed player as saying that Sam was “respecting their space” and that he “seemed to be waiting” to take a shower.