HBO announces "Student Athlete" documentary co-produced by LeBron.
LeBron James is set to co-produce a new documentary on HBO showcasing "the exploitative world of high-revenue college sports." According to today's press release, the HBO Sports documentary titled "Student Athlete" will debut on October 2nd at10:00pm ET on HBO.
The documentary will reveal the stories of four young men at different stages of their athletic careers, as well as a coach-turned-advocate and a whistle-blowing shoe rep who exposes the money trail.
"This is an incredibly important story about the institutional denial of basic human rights for these student athletes," Carter, the CEO of the production company, said in a statement. "When (producer) Steve Stoute brought us this idea, it was a perfect fit for the kind of stories we want to tell at SpringHill."
"The NCAA blinded by revenue goals is turning student athletes into full-time employees. This documentary is incredibly important as it debunks the myth that student athletes are being fairly compensated by receiving scholarships and a valuable education. In fact, the demands put on these students by this oppressive system makes it impossible for them to get the education they deserve. The time is now to end this false narrative and reveal the truth of this exploitation."
The documentary spotlights former NCAA and NFL coach John Shoop, New Jersey high school basketball phenom (now at the University of Kentucky) Nick Richards, Mike Shaw, who played at the University of Illinois and Bradley University, Shamar Graves, a former wide receiver at Rutgers University, and Silas Nacita, a walk-on who played at Baylor University.