Ice Cube – Rival Basketball League Demands He NOT Be Dismissed From $50 Mill Lawsuit
Here’s the latest: The 48-year-old rapper, actor, producer and owner of Big3 is being sued by Champions Basketball League. In February, the company responded to Cube’s attempt to have the $50 mill lawsuit dismissed. In their response, they note,
The BIG3 and Mr. Cube knew of these contracts through communications with Carl George and also through direct communication with the contracted players themselves. The Defendants intentionally interfered with these players contracts and such interference caused these players to not play in Champions inaugural game on August 23, 2017.
They also allege in their response that Cube,
confronted the players personally about playing in the CBL and threatened the players that they would be fined, not allowed to participate in the 52% of revenues bonus pool or [be] replaced on their teams.
They want the case to continue and do not want Ice Cube to be dismissed from the case.
Here’s the backstory: The Champions Basketball League (CBL) originally sued Ice Cube’s Big3 League. The suit explained CBL’s plan was to have a 16-team basketball league made up of former NBA stars.
CBL alleged Big3 defrauded them and prevented them from launching on time. The CEO of CBL, Carl George, was working with Big3 until he noticed his league signed many of the same NBA stars as Big3.
George worked out an agreement with one of the Big3 founders and the deal was the two leagues games would not be scheduled on the same day, so players could play in both leagues.
However, CBL claims Big3 screwed them by not following with their deal and refusing to allow their NBA stars to play in CBL’s first game in August.
Big3 denied the accusations, pointing out that CBL never played a single basketball game since its announcement in 2014, after “raising” $6.6 million from people Carl George. They responded in the suit,
During the past 22 months, Mr. George has reacted erratically when confronted by victims of his fraud when they realized the so-called league was in fact nothing more than a Ponzi scheme. Mr. George’s solution has been to serially sue the competition and heap blame and litigation on them.
Further, they claim they never had any agreement with George over the players participating in both league games.
In truth, the parties never had an “agreement” of any kind and the allegation in the Complaint is a total fabrication. As a matter of common sense, it defies logic that something like this would take place on a single phone call with no writing or e-mail to memorialize the conversation.
Big3 denied all allegations of wrongdoing and demanded the suit be thrown out. Champions Basketball League later amended their complaint to add Ice Cube – real name O’Shea Jackson – as a defendant personally to hold him liable for damages. The suit explained they were seeking in excess of $50 million.
In January, Cube responded to being added to the lawsuit. His legal team argued that the only reference to him is on one paragraph in the complaint and claims he was aware of player contracts.
He says they failed to allege any wrongdoing in the situation. Cube believes his name was added merely as a publicity stunt based on his reputation as an intentional celebrity and icon under his rape name.
The rap legend is demanding the entire case be thrown out against him.