LeBron James is set to executive produce a documentary that will air on HBO called Student Athlete. The doc will look into "the complex rules of amateur athletics in America," and also "how they affect uncompensated athletes and their families."
"This is an incredibly important story about the institutional denial of basic human rights for these student-athletes. When Steve Stoute [at United Masters] brought us this idea, it was a perfect fit for the kind of stories we want to tell at SpringHill."
Stoute said that the idea behind the documentary is to show the NCAA's hypocrisy:
"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."
Not surprisingly, the focus will be on college basketball and football.
That's not the only documentary James has in the works. There's also the LeBron and Carter-collaborated eight-part YouTube documentary Best Shot, which will follow ex-Duke/Bulls point guard Jay Williams as he hops onto the coaching staff of a New Jersey high school team.
Student Athlete is set to debut Monday, October 2 on HBO.