You’ve seen N.W.A. Ice Cube and you’ve seen actor Ice Cube, now it’s time to meet basketball commissioner Ice Cube.
The iconic rapper, who co-founded the BIG3 league last year, will shift into the top job following the explosive firing of existing commish and former NBA player Roger Mason Jr, according to TMZ Sports.
TMZ reported that Mason’s firing stemmed from allegations of corruption following supposed “ties to two Qatari investors who allegedly stiffed the league out of millions of dollars”.
But the former Spur, Knick and Wizard said he was forced out in retaliation to legal claims he made that the league had breached his employment agreement.
Regardless of who’s right here, you already know what Cube’s reaction was:
And that wasn’t all.
Mason Jr also slammed the BIG3 work environment as “hostile and racist”, while accusing league co-founder and Ice Cube’s right-hand man Jeff Kwatinetz of a “malicious, defamatory campaign of disparaging me.”
A spokesperson for the BIG3’s founders told TMZ, “Mason’s claims do not require a dignified response beyond the fact that they are preposterous and false.”
All we know for sure at this stage is that Ice Cube will occupy the top job until a long-term replacement is found.
BIG3 will return for its second season this summer, featuring a slate of former NBA players including Metta World Peace, Amar’e Stoudemire, Nate Robinson and Baron Davis.