LeBron James is coupling his social activism with his new presence in Hollywood to create a three-part documentary series titled ‘Shut Up and Dribble’.
Showtime announced the series, which will in October, around the same time James will make his debut with the Los Angeles Lakers.
The series will provide “a powerful inside look at the changing role of athletes in our fraught cultural and political environment, through the lens of the NBA”, according to Showtime.
The title is based off a comment made by Fox News host Laura Ingraham, who told James to “shut up and dribble” after criticising him for his political commentary on United States President Donald Trump.
James is the executive producer of the series along with friend and business partner Maverick Carter, while Gotham Chopra, who worked with Kobe Bryant and Tom Brady on video projects, will serve as the director.
David Nevins, president and CEO of Showtime Networks Inc., said in a statement: “If being a star athlete is inherently a political experience, ‘Shut Up and Dribble’ tells that complex and dramatic story from the past to the present and from the inside out.
“LeBron James is one of many competitors whose place in the spotlight has led not to silence but perspective, and he, Maverick Carter and Gotham Chopra have given us an important, insightful docuseries that should bring their fans and fellow citizens to a higher level of discourse, rather than the dismissal satirised in the title.”
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