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May 15 (Bloomberg) -- Cameron Weiss, a parrtner at Empire Athletes and Michael Sam's agent, discusses the NFL's reaction to his client's entry into the league, their deal with the Oprah Winfrey Network and Sam's endorsements. He speaks with Pimm Fox on Bloomberg Television's "Taking Stock." (Source: Bloomberg)


Playing pro football can be one of the toughest ports.

Add to that the fact that michael sam is coming into the league as its first openly gay athlete.

While some were publicly critical, most of the pros in the game are welcoming him.

Here is a sampling.

At the end of the day, it is about being a football player.

Whatever your sexual preference is, it does not matter to us.

In our locker room, we will except you with open arms.

As long as you are a good football player, that is what he carried about.

The st.

Louis rams have been handling things right.

Just like michael sam said, a lot of guys are going to -- there's going to be critics.

There's going to be lovers, and there's going to be haters.

The only thing that is important is that he can play football.

He said it himself, i'm sure he is going to give everything he has got.

I think the rams did a great job picking up michael sam.

I wish the organization the best of luck.

If he comes to work and shows that he is about his business, i have no problem with him.

Do you think the locker room is ready for an openly gay athlete?

If not, they will have to get ready for them.

I don't care about his personal life.

People want to live their life and do what they do.

Everybody is more focused on winning.

Nobody is going to be focused on what someone sexual preference is.

Everybody is just trying to get a super bowl ring.

If you go out there and play the game and produce, you can use that your whole career.

You rise above it all.

Not all reaction has been positive.

The miami dolphins safety tweeted out, "omg" and "horrible" after sam was drafted.

Jones has since been fined for his tweets and has apologized.

Sam's agent cameron weiss joins us from empire athletes.

Ray to have you with us.

I wonder if you could describe for people that may not be familiar with michael sam, what is his potential for commercial endorsements?

Ever since he came out, i think people have really viewed him as a trailblazer and someone who is fearless.

We have been tasked with sifting through the offers that have come for him.

As you can see by the limited number of things we've done, we have only chosen a partner people -- partner with -- chosen to partner with people we trust.

That is why you saw that visa spot before the nfl draft.

Cameron, there is a documentary that is going to be made about michael sam, i believe, coming from the oprah winfrey harpo productions.

Tell us about that.

This is a documentary put together by oprah and her team, obviously, in conjunction with us, where we are going to go through the trials and tribulations of the first openly gay player as he attempts to make the roster.

We have gone to great lengths to make sure that the rams are ok with this and that we will not be interfering at all with mike's activities during training camp.

This will take place with his personal life and away from the team.

It will include a lot of reflection about what he has been going through and also some of his interpersonal relationships.

Have you heard any reaction from the nfl about this documentary?

Yes, we were in communication with the league office prior to the draft.

For several weeks now about the documentary.

Obviously, there have been mixed reactions, but i think it is important to keep in mind that this is a historical event, and to not document it would be dissident -- doing a disservice to a lot of people.

While still allowing mike to focus on football, we at the same time want to capture this event in the day we live in now.

When you look at programming around professional sports, you see it all over the place.

It is not distracting players.

In fact, it is enhancing stories and allowing them to build connections with fans and supporters.

The sale of michael sam jerseys shows that he is very popular with the fan base.


This is something that we anticipated, for sure, based off of responses that we had via social media and through e-mail, and just threw times he has been out amongst the fans.

A lot of people were waiting to have this jersey and to display it proudly because they believe that mike stands for a message that they want to associate themselves with.

Cameron, is there any role for michael sam to be a spokesperson for non-commercial businesses?

For example, charities or foundations that may have the same perspective and the same focus that he does?


That is something that we are open to.

We examine opportunities individually.

Mike himself has said he does not want to be an activist but instead wants to let his play on the field do the talking.

Right now, that is our focus, but we certainly are mindful of the things going on in our country at large.

Mike is a big supporter of equal rights.

Of course that is important to him as a gay man.

How does he stay focused and not burn out with all this attention on him being the first openly gay player in the nfl?

How does he keep the focus on him playing football?

Mike has really brought soldiers, and he allows us as his team to take the brunt of all of this.

He is a cute and focused on getting in there, blending with the guys and making the squad and showing what he can do as a football player.

He knows that his first and foremost the most important thing because without that, there is no platform to do any of the other things he wants to do.

In your experience, is this an opportunity that really just does not come along ever again?

Not necessarily, but when you are talking about the first to do anything, nowadays, it is a very rare thing in general, so to have the first openly gay football player, of course, that is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, but do i think there will be other gay players after him?


That is something that has been

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