Quibi announced Friday that the docuseries tentatively titled “Sign Language” will debut on the streaming service at a later date and will be produced by James’ Uninterrupted sports media company.
According to Quibi, the series will be directed by Julia Willoughby Nason and Jenner Furst, who are best known for directing the well received “Fyre Fraud” documentary on Hulu. Maverick Carter, who produced The Decision and co-founded Uninterrupted with James, will be an executive producer, Variety reports.
The series is expected to use Uninterrupted’s deep connection to sports to involve several big-name athletes and reporters from multiple sports in an attempt to capture the scandal’s wide-ranging impact.
“The documentary will transcend the baseball diamond to explore larger themes of greed, cheating, corruption, sportsmanship and social media activism,” Quibi said in a press release, courtesy of the Houston Chronicle. "Sign Language will be the definitive documentary about the scandal that rocked America's pastime."
Major League Baseball initiated an investigation in November after former Astros pitcher Mike Fiers revealed elements of the team’s illegal sign-stealing scheme to The Athletic. At the conclusion of its investigation in January, MLB fined the Astros $5 million and suspended manager A.J. Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow for one year after discovering the team used a camera to illegally steal and relay signs to hitters during games.
Both Hinch and Luhnow were immediately fired.
LeBron James was among the athletes to publicly condemn the Astros for cheating and call out commissioner Rob Manfred for his handling of the situation.
Listen I know I don’t play baseball but I am in Sports and I know if someone cheated me out of winning the title and I found out about it I would be F*^king irate! I mean like uncontrollable about what I would/could do! Listen here baseball commissioner listen to your.....— LeBron James (@KingJames) February 18, 2020
players speaking today about how disgusted, mad, hurt, broken, etc etc about this. Literally the ball(⚾️) is in your court(or should I say field) and you need to fix this for the sake of Sports! #JustMyThoughtsComingFromASportsJunkieRegardlessMyOwnSportIPlay— LeBron James (@KingJames) February 18, 2020
Based on his comments, it’s easy to see why LeBron got behind this project. Although there is an interesting dynamic now that Astros’ star Alex Bregman is represented by the same sports agency as James, the Klutch Sports Group.
There’s no word on when the docuseries will be released, but we imagine baseball fans will be waiting with anticipation.
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