Rex Chapman might already be one of your favorite Twitter follows. Could he become one of your favorite podcast hosts as well?
As reported by Variety‘s Todd Spangler, the former University of Kentucky and NBA guard and current NBA TV analyst is launching a new podcast in which he’ll talk to professional athletes about their encounters with law enforcement. Future guests will include Metta World Peace, Ryan Leaf, Lamar Odom, and Michael Vick.
The show is titled Charges with Rex Chapman and will be available through iHeartMedia. Portal A and Steve Nash’s CTRL Media will produce the podcast.
Chapman won’t just talk to others about their run-ins with police, either. He’ll turn the focus on himself for the premiere episode with actor Michael Rapaport interviewing him about the gambling and opioid addictions that eventually led to an arrest for shoplifting from an Apple Store in 2014. The mugshot from that arrest inspired the cover art for the podcast.
.@RexChapman is using his 2014 mugshot in the podcast's cover art: "Obviously it’s a terrible, painful reminder, but it’s a necessary one." https://t.co/BOSFnx6Y7t pic.twitter.com/X93Z0IxiQ4
— Todd Spangler (@xpangler) April 27, 2021
“If I’ve learned anything from my post-NBA career, it’s that you’re not as bad as your worst moment,” Chapman told Spangler. “That’s why I wanted to do this show: to talk to athletes about their low points and how they came back from them. My hope is that there’ll be lessons in there for all of us.”
A trailer for Charges is currently available, which you can listen to here:
The idea for the podcast came from former teammate Nash, who then pitched it to Chapman, a longtime friend. Earlier this year, Chapman started a basketball podcast, The Rex Chapman Show, co-hosted by actor Josh Hopkins (Cougar Town) featuring interviews with stars like Stephen Curry and Jamal Mashburn, along with stories from Chapman’s playing days.
Charges will be a weekly podcast, premiering May 4 and released each subsequent Tuesday for a 20-week run.