Former rapper and current entrepreneur Ice Cube, AKA O’Shea Jackson, called out ESPN and the NBA, accusing them of trying to undermine his professional basketball league, the Big3.
Neither the NBA nor ESPN have commented on Cube’s accusation.
The former N.W.A band member, actor, writer, and director posted his tweet in response to a video from former NBA player Stephen Jackson, alerting followers of Cube’s latest achievement.
— Ice Cube (@icecube) October 15, 2022
The US Black Chambers officially certified the Big3 as the first Black-owned sports league.
“We are thrilled to announce we have been officially certified as the first Black-Owned Professional Sports League in the United States,” the Big3 tweeted.
Big3 completed its fifth season earlier this year.
The league is made up of 12 teams that compete in cities across the country with the players consisting of former NBA players and international players.
“Myself and the entire league are honored to be officially certified by ByBlack and the US Black Chambers. From day one, the league has been dedicated to providing opportunities for Black players, fans, investors, and partners, and we are proud to be a part of a nationwide network of Black business owners. Supporting Black enterprise is a lifelong passion of mine, and the BIG3 will continue to build upon its successes and lift up other Black entrepreneurs,” said Cube per Boardroom.
BIG3 Officially Certified as First Black-owned Sports League https://t.co/heBnxHUiQZ
— Ice Cube (@icecube) October 14, 2022
Former NBA players, including Mario Chalmers, Michael Beasley, and Donte Greene, competed this past season.
The Big3 rise to the top hasn’t been completely smooth sailing.
In 2018, Cube took over as league commissioner after the existing commissioner and former NBA player Roger Mason Jr, was fired amid allegations of corruption involving “ties to two Qatari investors who allegedly stiffed the league out of millions of dollars”.
And in 2020, the league dealt with the COVID-induced shutdown.