James is behind a three-part documentary series, “Shut Up and Dribble,” announced Monday by Showtime.
Set to debut in October, the same month James is due to suit up for his new team, the series looks at the changing role of athletes in the current political and cultural climate against the backdrop of the NBA.
Showtime has picked up the "Shut Up and Dribble" documentary series, which LeBron James executive produced.https://t.co/2nez1asEQZ pic.twitter.com/HuB6myJsd9
— Lakers Nation (@LakersNation) August 6, 2018
James found himself drawn into politics last week when President Donald Trump unleashed a withering attack on him in a tweet after an interview aired with CNN anchor Don Lemon in which James deemed Trump divisive.
Although James has long been a Trump critic, calling the president “U bum” in a 2017 tweet, the tweet was Trump’s first attack on the player, who just opened up a school for underprivileged children in his hometown of Akron, Ohio.
Trump Takes a Shot at LeBron on Twitter https://t.co/ZGOHTWhGzx
— SportsGossip.com (@sportsgossip) August 4, 2018
James has another show, “The Shop,” set to Aug. 28 on HBO, in which he leads conversation and debate among his guests in barbershops around the country. In TV, timing is everything, and this new show couldn’t be any more timely. Looking forward to hearing what King James has to say.
Executive produced by @KingJames, @mavcarter, and @gothamchopra, #ShutUpAndDribble 3-part series chronicles the cultural and political evolution of the @NBA athlete.
Premiering this October. #TCA18
— SHOWTIME SPORTS (@SHOsports) August 6, 2018