File this one under NBA and MLB news. Los Angeles fans will be happy to hear that LeBron James is doing more for the city than just his usual above-and-beyond charity work. The NBA superstar is also reportedly doing whatever he can to make sure the Astros get dragged for their part in a cheating scandal.
LeBron James' sports media company, Uninterrupted, is producing a docuseries on the Astros cheating scandal.
— Complex Sports (@ComplexSports) May 15, 2020
Uninterrupted, James’ production company, will partner with the streaming service Quibi to debut a docuseries on the Astros’ electronic sign-stealing scandal. The series will be called Sign Language and will go deep into Houston’s scandal from the last couple of years that shocked all of MLB.
The documentary will transcend the baseball diamond to explore larger themes of greed, cheating, corruption, sporstmanship, and social media activism. Sign Language will be the definitive documentary about the scandal that rock America’s pastime.- Quibi
It’s unclear as to when the series will start to be released, but it’s expected to have more information released on it this year. The Astros were caught by MLB using video monitors and trash cans to relay signs directly to players at-bat.
Rob Manfred and MLB officials decided that the Astros players would not be punished, but instead chose to suspend the general manager and manager for one year. The Astros fired Jeff Luhnow and AJ Hinch as a result.
MLB also handed down a $5 million fine and loss of draft picks for the Astros, a punishment widely criticized by those outside of Houston. The circumstances of the scandal were unprecedented, perhaps part of the reason Manfred handed down such a light sentence from what fans expected.
LeBron, of course, plays for the Lakers in Los Angeles, where fans know that the Dodgers were robbed of their first World Series victory since 1988 by the cheating Astros.