Ice Cube’s BIG3 league may be in a bit of trouble, according to a new lawsuit.
The New York Daily News reported that the Champions Basketball League hit Ice Cube’s league with a $250-million lawsuit on Friday. The lawsuit accuses Ice Cube and the BIG3 of allegedly taking their players and proprietary ideas.
Furthermore, CBL’s founder Carl George said he and Ice Cube planned to team up. According to George, the CBL and BIG3 originally planned to team up as partners to take on the NBA. However, he said Ice Cube and his team went rogue.
Here are more details from the report:
CBL recruited former NBA players whose talents went to waste due to team salary cap restrictions. But they did not sign exclusive contracts, partly so their outside activities could help promote the nascent organization.
That allowed them to play for the former N.W.A. front man on the side. But then BIG3, in a backstabbing move, signed them to exclusive deals and broke the terms of the agreement through a series of flagrant fouls.
The lawsuit also accuses Ice Cube of threatening players who wanted to play for the CBL. “When certain players expressed their desire to participate in the CBL games, Mr. Cube confronted the players and threatened the players,” the court papers claimed.
They also accuse Ice Cube of stealing up to 20 players from the CBL.
“The BIG3 was aware that it signed at least 20 players who also signed contracts with the CBL,” the papers said.
Ice Cube formally announced his 3-on-3 venture at the beginning of the 2017 calendar year. The league has an eight-team structure which features the likes of Allen Iverson, Charles Oakley, Mike Bibby, Chauncey Billups and Kwame Brown.
Ice Cube’s reps and his attorney could not immediately be reached for comment. However, I’m sure Ice Cube will fight these allegations as needed.