It was approximately a year ago in which the sports world first felt the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. In the following summer, Kansas City Chiefs offensive lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif became the first NFL player to opt out of playing the 2020 season, electing to use his medical expertise to help fight the pandemic instead.
Later this month, HBO Sports will spotlight Duvernay-Tardif’s work in the past year in a new documentary: “The Day Sports Stood Still.” It will debut on Wednesday, March 24 at 8 p.m. Arrowhead Time on HBO and will be available to stream on HBO Max. It will run for 90 minutes.
The film will be centered around NBA All-Star and the president of the NBA Players Association, Chris Paul. It will also feature a handful of other NBA players, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, NBA commissioner Adam Silver, MLB player Mookie Betts and other athletes from various sports.
On Monday, Chiefs general manager Brett Veach confirmed Duvernay-Tardif’s return to the team in 2021 via a radio interview. Before he’s back on the football field, the documentary will take us behind the scenes of his life in 2020 — and all the challenges of being on the frontlines of a global pandemic.