In the wake of the Oprah Winfrey Network announcing the postponement of its reality series featuring St. Louis Rams’ Michael Sam, the first openly gay player in the NFL, in order to allow Sam to focus entirely on football, Oprah Winfrey has revealed her network will instead feature a series about the NFL’s first openly bisexual player, Cincinnati Bengals punter Lance Gordon. A 6th round pick from Florida State in the 2011 NFL Draft, Gordon made headlines on the eve of that year’s draft when he announced he was bisexual following TMZ leaking a scandalous videotape of Gordon and his Sigma Nu fraternity brothers during a hazing session that got wildly out-of-control.
“Take it from me personally, Michael Sam has a long tough rough ahead of him,” Gordon told Hollywood & Swine. “Luckily, I’m just bisexual, so I only get half the homophobic comments and backlash that Michael Sam will probably receive.”
The Oprah Winfrey Network’s “Untitled Lance Gordon Series” will follow the punter’s adventures as he tries to break down bisexual stereotypes while helping his team win the field position battle on Sundays. Gordon’s openness about his sexual orientation has also put his life constantly at risk, with roughing the kicker penalties being called 350% more often against opponents playing the Bengals compared to league average.
“No matter how hard Lance works, most of the guys in the NFL still don’t treat him like a real football player,” Winfrey said. “But’s that’s mainly because he’s a punter and not because he’s bisexual.”
The show will also feature Gordon’s close-knit family of celebrity bisexual friends including author Bret Easton Ellis, Tila Tequila, minister Ted Haggard and fellow OWN reality star Lindsay Lohan, who will also serve as an executive producer on the show.