LeBron James is more than just an athlete.
According to various reports, LeBron James will serve as an executive producer for the upcoming Showtime docu-series Shut Up and Dribble, which is named after the phrase LeBron was told to do by Fox reporter, Laura Ingraham, earlier this year. The announcement was made today by Showtime’s president and CEO David Nevins.
The 3-part docu-series, which will be directed by Gotham Chopra, will explore the modern history of the NBA and its players, starting with the 1976 merger of the ABA and the more conventional NBA of today. It also takes a look at the changing role of athletes in the current political environment as players today have grown their personal brands far outside of just the court.
"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," Nevins said via Variety. "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 satirized in the title.”