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The Day Sports Stood Still is a feature-length documentary that tells the story of the unprecedented sports shutdown in March of 2020 and the remarkable turn of events that followed. Emmy®-winning director Antoine Fuqua (HBO’s “What’s My Name | Muhammad Ali”) will chronicle the abrupt stoppage, athletes’ prominent role in the cultural reckoning on racial injustices that escalated during the pandemic, and the complex return to competition in the summer and fall. ‌

At the center of the film will be the first-person account of NBA All-Star and NBA Players Association president, Chris Paul. An executive producer on the project, Paul, the point guard for the Oklahoma City Thunder, will relive his entire experience from being in the middle of the first game to be stopped on March 11, 2020 against the Utah Jazz, to suddenly living in quarantine, to his crucial role in helping re-open the NBA safely to playing in “the bubble.” 

The documentary captures a broad swath of voices and experiences exploring how the pandemic pressed pause on their careers, but also changed their lives in dramatic and surprising ways. The film features everyone from an NFL Super Bowl champion who volunteers in the ER, to a defending WNBA champ who decides to sit out the 2020 season to focus on protesting racial injustice. ‌

The Day Sports Stood Still is an HBO Sports presentation of a film by Imagine Documentaries and Fuqua Films in association with Waffle Iron Entertainment and Ohh Dip!!! Productions. The film is directed and produced by Antoine Fuqua. For Imagine Documentaries: producers Brian Grazer and Justin Wilkes; executive producers Ron Howard, Sara Bernstein, and Marc Gilbar. For Ohh Dip!!! Productions: executive producer Chris Paul. ‌

Athletes Speak Up

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Chris Paul Reflects on 2020

The NBA star recalls his experience the day the NBA shut down due to COVID-19.

Natasha Cloud standing with Black Lives Matter protesters
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WNBA Star Natasha Cloud Takes a Stand

Athletes across multiple sports rallied together to fight for racial equality.

Laurie Hernandez, U.S.A Gymnastics
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Athletes React to the Delay of the Olympics

Olympic gymnast Laurie Hernandez shares how her teammates dealt with the uncertainty surrounding the global competition.

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