NBA Vet Rex Chapman to Turn ‘Charges’ Podcast into TV Documentary

NBA veteran Rex Chapman is turning his “Charges with Rex Chapman” podcast into a TV show. Like the podcast, the new series will come from Portal A and Steve Nash’s CTRL Media.

Chapman spent 12 years in the NBA, playing for the Charlotte Hornets, Washington Bullets, Miami Heat and Phoenix Sun. But he later struggled with opiate addiction and gambling that landed him in prison. Using his experience as a professional athlete with his own challenges, Chapman will present “Charges”, as the podcast is adapted into a TV documentary series chronicling high-profile sporting scandals – “with the world’s most beloved and notorious athletes reliving the momentous events that spawned his infamy,” according to the logline.

“Charges” will focus on sports figures, but also plans to look at other entertainment and pop culture stories.

Evan Jackson Leong (“Linsanity,” Snapchat’s “Level Up with Stephen Curry”) will serve as director and showrunner.

“Of all the projects I’ve been involved in, ‘Charges’ has always been special,” Chapman said. “We’ve built a platform where world-class athletes can feel free to relive their lowest moments – and their stories are proof that your rock bottom doesn’t define you. I know this is true because I’ve lived it and I’m excited to bring this show to the screen.”

The “Charges” podcast includes episodes about Ryan Leaf from the NFL in his battle with addiction, Metta Sandiford-Artest and Stephen Jackson in the “Malice at the Palace” feud, former NFL star Jayson Williams in his 2002 murder charge, and pro skateboarder and Tony Hawk rivals Christian Hosoi for fame and drugs at an early age, and his eventual arrest.

“Charges has always been a labor of love for Rex, as he knows how powerful it is to share these stories, even when it’s painful,” said Nash, the NBA veteran who is also the head coach of the Brooklyn Nets. “As a producer and friend of his, I’m excited to continue the journey with him and take this project to the next level.”

Portal A is represented by A3 Artists. Chapman and CTRL Media are represented by WME and Leong is represented by APA.

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