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Jeff Fisher refutes report that Rams drafted Michael Sam to avoid appearing on 'Hard Knocks'

Jeff Fisher refutes report that Rams drafted Michael Sam to avoid appearing on 'Hard Knocks'

Rams Coach Jeff Fisher on Thursday denied a report that said the Rams drafted Michael Sam in 2014 to avoid appearing on the HBO television show “Hard Knocks.”

Howard Balzer, citing unnamed sources, wrote on the "590 The Fan" website in St. Louis that the NFL agreed not to ask the Rams to appear that year on "Hard Knocks" if they drafted Sam, the former Missouri defensive tackle who was the first openly gay player readying for the draft.

The NFL announced Wednesday that the Rams will be featured on “Hard Knocks” this summer.

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