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ESPN's exploitative instant reporting on Michael Sam's showering habits
ESPN's exploitative instant reporting on Michael Sam's showering habits

In May, Michael Sam became the first openly gay player drafted into the National Football League as a seventh-round pick of the St. Louis Rams. Unsurprisingly, since then, Sam has drawn plenty of media scrutiny -- some of it thoughtful, much of it less so. On Tuesday, ESPN aired a report on Sam’s showering habits with his teammates that fell into the latter category. A charitable description of ESPN’s report would be to compare it to the scene in the Jackie Robinson biopic “42” in which Robinson, the first African American player in Major League Baseball, refrains from showering with his white teammates so as to avoid making them uncomfortable. That film, however,...

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