Los Angeles Rams coach Jeff Fisher disputed a report on Thursday that the then-St.Louis Rams drafted former Missouri defensive end Michael Sam in the seventh round of the 2014 NFL Draft in a deal with the NFL, in part, to avoid being chosen for the HBO show “Hard Knocks.”
Fisher called the allegation “absurd” and “100 percent false,” but Sam seemed to think the report was plausible in an interview later Thursday on the “Dan Patrick Show.”
“(I’m) not surprised that the NFL had a deal with the Rams, Sam said. “(It) makes sense to me why they cut me and not Ethan Westbrooks, even though I out performed him in our production. (It) makes sense why Coach Fisher was very vague the day he cut me from the team.”
Sam became the first openly gay player to be drafted into the NFL after coming out publicly before the draft. The former Missouri pass-rusher was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Year in his final season.
However, he was cut by the Rams before the season began and then had a seven-week stint on the Dallas Cowboys’ practice squad. Most recently, Sam played in the Canadian Football League, but left the team for what he called “mental health” reasons.
In January, Sam tweeted that he was going to give it one more shot at playing in the NFL.