Fans Love The Title Of LeBron James' New Series About Athletes And Politics

The show premieres in October.

NBA star LeBron James is executive producing a new docuseries for Showtime, and he's hitting back at critics with the title. According to the Washington Post, the three-part series is titled Shut Up and Dribble, and will take "a powerful inside look at the changing role of athletes in our fraught cultural and political environment, through the lens of the NBA."


In February, Fox News host Laura Ingraham responded negatively to James and fellow player Kevin Durant's criticism of President Donald Trump. "You're great players, but no one voted for you," she said. "Millions elected Trump to be their coach. So keep the political commentary to yourself or, as someone once said, shut up and dribble."

"I will not just shut up and dribble because I mean too much to my two boys here, their best friend right here, my daughter that's at home, and my wife and my family," James said in response to Ingraham's comment. "And all these other kids who look up to me for inspiration and try to find a way out."

Shut Up and Dribble, which premieres in October, is being directed by Gotham Chopra, who told ESPN, "It's really an exploration of how basketball is truly America's game and the NBA has been a vessel for black athletes to claim pieces of the American dream."

Many people on Twitter reacted positively to the series' use of Ingraham's comment as the title. Philiana Ng of Entertainment Tonight tweeted that the trailer for Shut Up and Dribble shown at the TCA Summer Press Tour was "great."

Last week, James drew the ire of the president himself after speaking to CNN about the opening of his new I Promise School in Akron, Ohio, and commenting that Trump has "used sport to kind of divide us." Trump insulted both James and interviewer Don Lemon on Twitter. James later received unexpected praise from First Lady Melania Trump, whose spokesperson said he is "working to do good things on behalf of our next generation."

Meanwhile, James has also received support from the very kids he hopes to inspire. Following Ingraham's comments, a young boy at a Cavaliers game held up a sign which read, "You Are More Than An Athlete," with the hashtag #NeverShutUp. In the final minutes, LeBron gifted his arm band to the young fan.


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