Back in February, Fox News host Laura Ingraham (who lands somewhere between Ann Coulter and Kellyanne Conway on the meth addiction scale) told LeBron James to “keep the political comments to yourself” and to just “shut up and dribble.”
So how did the King respond? By making a whole damn show in response.
Showtime just released the first trailer for their new docu-series, aptly titled Shut Up And Dribble, which will premiere in October, will be about the changing role of basketball players in the current political climate.
The controversy serves as a prologue to the series as it chronicles the modern history of the NBA and its players, starting with the 1976 merger of the freewheeling ABA and the more conventional NBA. The league soon became an incubator for many of its top athletes to grow their brands beyond the court, becoming powerful players in commerce and fashion, and transcending the game to become cultural icons. SHUT UP AND DRIBBLE charts this evolution through the experience of basketball players, who by taking control of their own destinies have helped to bring about social change and make their own statements in the current political climate.
Shut Up And Dribble is the second series from LeBron to premiere on a prestigious network this year, as his new HBO show The Shop debuted on Sunday, August 28.