Ice Cube’s BIG3 league took the nation by storm last summer. It brought out retired stars like Anthony Mason, Allen Iverson, Rashard Lewis, and Stephen Jackson, among others. Former Washington Wizards standout Roger Mason Jr. was the commissioner of the league. He was fired Monday amid corruption allegations:
Ice Cube will replace Roger Mason Jr. as commissioner of the BIG3 after Mason was fired due to corruption allegations, TMZ reports.
Mason’s alleged corruption with a pair of Qatari investors is outlined in a letter that was sent to BIG3 players, coaches and staff and was obtained by TMZ.
According to TMZ, Ayman Sabi and Ahmed Al-Rumaihi, who were brought to the BIG3 by Mason, were sued for allegedly cheating the league out of millions in investments. TMZ adds that Mason allegedly refused to cooperate with the BIG3 during the lawsuit because of his relationship with Sabi and Al-Rumaihi, and the league felt he was obligated to take its side because of his role as commissioner.
Additionally, the BIG3 says it has evidence Sabi and Al-Rumaihi were paying for gifts and vacations for some BIG3 employees while not paying the league, according to TMZ. This led to the league insinuating that Mason received these benefits and it corrupted his ability to be commissioner, according to TMZ.
Claims that BIG3 was cheated out of millions in investments by Ayman Sabi and Ahmed Al-Rumaihi appears to be serious. It should also not be that subjective. The fact that Mason did not side with the league also appears to be telling. He will be replaced by Ice Cube as commissioner. Stay tuned … the Shock Exchange doubts if this ends any time soon.