Michael-Sam-Oprah-Winfrey

*Seven months after OWN canceled its planned docuseries on the NFL’s first openly gay football player Michael Sam, Oprah Winfrey’s cable channel will air a 90-minute special on the athlete later this month … plus a sit-down interview.

OWN had originally tapped Sam for a reality series similar to its Lindsay Lohan program. But after a backlash from the NFL community, the project was shelved in May. Sam was recently cut by the Dallas Cowboys and is currently a free agent.

The special is set to air on December 27th.

OWN says Oprah will also sit-down with Sam to discuss everything that has unfolded since the NFL Draft.

According to OWN, “the documentary captures the moment when Michael was drafted by the St. Louis Rams, the intense media scrutiny that immediately followed, and Michael’s struggle to stay focused despite the pressure and chaos.”

“Additionally, the documentary explores Michael’s relationship with his boyfriend Vito and the challenge of balancing his personal life alongside his pursuit of NFL stardom.”