*Hmmm, the upcoming NFL draft is going to be verrrrrry interesting, to say the least.
That’s because Michael Sam (pictured), an All-American defensive lineman from Missouri and the Associated Press’ SEC Defensive Player of the Year, came out of the closet in an interview with ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” on Sunday.
Sam says his sexuality was not a secret with his coaches and teammates at Missouri who have known since last August.
Bottom line: Michael Sam says he is “an openly, proud gay man.”
Diddy walks out of Chateau Marmont in Hollywood (March 9, 2013)
*Sean “Diddy” Combs is among the newcomers joining Kevin Costner and “42” star Chadwick Boseman in “Draft Day,” which begins production today in New York.
Rosanna Arquette (“What About Brian”), David Ramsey (“Arrow”) and W. Earl Brown (“Rectify,” “The Lone Ranger”) have also been announced as part of the production from Co-producers Summit and OddLot Entertainment.
As previously reported, the film – directed and produced by Ivan Reitman – centers on an NFL GM (Costner) in Cleveland making personnel decisions on draft day. The dramedy revolves around events during a single day.
Jennifer Garner, Frank Langella and Ellen Burstyn are also on board.
Filming in New York will take place at Radio City Music Hall during the NFL draft, which begins today.
Actor Chadwick Boseman attends the special screening of ’42′ at AMC Barrywoods on April 11, 2013 in Kansas City, Missouri
*With “42” looking down on all competition at the box office this week, its breakout star Chadwick Boseman is looking forward to joining another sports-themed pic…this time, taking place on the gridiron.
The actor is reportedly in talks for “Draft Day,” an NFL-set project from director Ivan Reitman. Kevin Costner stars as the general manager of a pro team who is forced to make difficult professional and personal decisions during the 24-hour frenzy of the NFL Draft.
Boseman will play a linebacker from Louisiana whose future rides on Draft Day – a somewhat familiar theme for the Brooklyn native, who just starred as another athletic phenom whose future depended on his delicate entry in 1947 into the all-white Major Leagues.
“He was a fighter,” Boseman said of Jackie Robinson, his role in “42.” “It was necessary to have somebody that had that fighting spirit in order to endure what he would have to go through. There’s a duality in saying, ‘I’m not fighting back.’ There’s an internal struggle.”
Widow of baseball player Jackie Robinson, Rachel Robinson (L) and actor Chadwick Boseman attend the after party for the Los Angeles premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ “42″ on April 9, 2013 in Hollywood
For Boseman however, there was an external struggle he had to deal with as well on “42” – one that left him physically bruised long after production on the film ended.
*While the NBA is on strike it looks like the players are having a hard time staying out of trouble.
Memphis Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph (pictured) is in a situation after police searched his Oregon home to investigate the alleged assault of a drug dealer.
The victim told police he came to the home of the basketball player Saturday morning to sell some weed. But he was met with the ends of pool sticks when three people beat him following a dispute over the price of the smoke.
He was not severely hurt and was released from the hospital after being treated for head and face injuries.
Randolph was home at the time of the beating. Police also say evidence backs up the victim’s testimony.
Speaking of the NBA, The Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant might be starring in a film soon. According to reports, the untitled movie will have a basketball subplot and will go into production in September. The full length feature will be shot either in Oklahoma City or Baton Rouge, La.
In other sports news, the Oakland Raiders used their third-round pick in the NFL’s supplemental draft to bring in former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor. But he won’t be eligible to play until the team’s sixth game of the season, which is the number of games he would have lost out on had he returned to Ohio State.
As a result of the pick, Oakland forfeits its third-round selection in the 2012 draft.