Rapper Ice Cube has been appointed as the new commissioner of the Big3 League, taking over the spot of Roger Mason Jr.
Meanwhile, Mason Jr. claimed that the environment at the league founded by Ice Cube and Jeff Kwatinetz is not conducive for growth. In fact, the former NBA player said that Kwatinetz was both “hostile and racist” toward his employees and staff.
The firing was first reported by TMZ Sports, which claimed that Mason was terminated because he allegedly refused to cooperate in the internal investigation regarding the lawsuit filed against two investors from Qatar who allegedly cheated the league of millions.
Apparently, Mason was dragged into the scandal because he was supposedly good friends with the investors and reportedly took gifts from them. To make matters worse, he reportedly defended the investors during the investigation.
The statement from Mason read, “I was terminated by BIG3 in retaliation for legal claims which I made last week in a letter sent by my attorneys to BIG3 Basketball alleging that the League had breached my employment agreement.”
The statement also alleged that Kwatinetz has launched a “malicious, defamatory campaign of disparaging me.”
“He has made countless unfounded attacks on my integrity, character, and leadership,” Mason said of Kwatinetz. “The work environment at BIG3 has been hostile and racist resulting in the departure of valuable League personnel.”
Meanwhile, both Cube and Kwatinetz said through a spokesperson that they will not dignify Mason’s accusations with a response. However, the spokesperson did add that all the allegations are “preposterous and false.”
Now on its second season, the Big3 League will start this summer. The league is actually growing with more and more former NBA players committing to participate. Among the names this season are Ama’re Stoudemire, Drew Gooden, Carlos Boozer, Glen Davis, Nate Robinson, Baron Davis, and Metta World Peace.