Former NBA player Roger Mason Jr. was terminated by the BIG 3 basketball league. Mason served as the commissioner of the league and was replaced by Ice Cube.
Former NBA player Roger Mason Jr. partnered with Ice Cube in late 2016 to create the BIG3 league. The league was created to serve as an outlet for former NBA players. But it appears that Mason’s reign is over. Per TMZ.com, Mason was fired for participating in corrupt practices. Mason was found to be tied to two Qatari investors.
The two investors have allegedly stiffed the league out of millions of dollars. Because he was the commissioner, the league expected Mason to side with them. Instead, Mason sided with the two investors.
In an emailed statement, Mason explained from his point of view why he was terminated as the commissioner.
"“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 violations of my agreement centered around BIG3 co-founder Jeff Kwatinetz, who has been engaged in a malicious, defamatory campaign of disparaging me in an attempt to prevent me from the performance of contractual duties and responsibilities. He has made countless unfounded attacks on my integrity, character, and leadership. The work environment at BIG3 has been hostile and racist resulting in the departure of valuable League personnel. Among other matters, a former employee of BIG3 recently told me that Kwatinetz has repeatedly referred to black athletes as “rich niggers.”>I am proud of the role I took in taking BIG3 from when it was merely a concept and transformed it into a successful basketball organization. I am disappointed at the conduct of Ice Cube and other executives of BIG3 in levelling these desperate manufactured claims against me. It will not derail the success of my legitimate claims against the League.”"
Ice Cube has taken over the reigns as commissioner of the BIG3 league. While we perhaps will never know the real truth, we can count on being two sides of every story.
And in the middle, the truth will always remain.