Ice Cube Sued For $250 Million For Allegedly Stealing BIG3 Concept

Still Ruthless? Ice Cube accused of stealing ideas and players for his new BIG3 basketball league.

(AllHipHop News) Ice Cube's BIG3 basketball league is drawing rave reviews, but the rapper could face a different challenge on a different court.

The owners of the Championship Basketball League (CBL) filed a $250 million lawsuit against Ice Cube, and the co-founders of the BIG3 basketball league, claiming they swiped most of the idea.

CBL claims that not only did Ice Cube jack ideas from their blueprints, but he also took some of the top name players from them to play in his BIG3 league.

According to CBL founder Carl George, Ice Cube and BIG3 co-founder Jeff Kwatinetz were original partners in the CBL, with the goal of creating a company that would eventually compete with the NBA.

The CBL had already signed a variety of players to non-exclusive contracts.

According to the lawsuit, Ice Cube took advantage of this and personally signed a number of players to exclusive contracts behind CBL's back.

Cube is also accused of threatening to withhold money and bonuses from players in the BIG3 if they even thought about playing for the CBL.

In total, the BIG3 signed over 20 players who had executed contracts with CBL.

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Ali_Adib
Ali_Adib

Nemo---- How is it possible that this idea was stolen from a partially funny comedy??? 3 on 3 basketball has been played in the hood FOREVER!!! AND Semi-Pro leagues have been around in each of the major sports FOREVER!!! The concepts of 1) using retired players 2) half-court ONLY 3) hip hop music infused into the atmosphere 4) making most seats court-side 5) additional gimmicks: free throws based on type of shot, 4 Pointer, 1st to 50pts games, etc... All give the Big 3 Basketball League the kind of buzz the D-League has NEVER gotten.

NemoHos87
NemoHos87

damn shame but they actually stole the idea from the movie Semi-Pro

Warbucks
Warbucks

Pretty simple, they didnt have the reach nor did they want to pay them what Cube is paying them. Cube got long Bread. He could easily absorb the entire payroll in that league. He said that all of them at least get 100k to play in the league. And they get inscentives the deeper they go n the post season they go.

D-WILL
D-WILL

There beef wasn't about the Friday movie concept, it was about a song on the Friday soundtrack that cube did where b real said he stole there hook from there song throw your hand in the air....cube wanted that song for the soundtrack, b real said naw it for there album so come made one and used a similar hook... Then boom

357ish
357ish

B Real from Cypress Hill diss to Ice Cube back in the day for stealing the whole Friday movie concept"Down in the west coast, so lemme kick it To the muthafucka who calls himself wicked! No rest, no peace! No sleep, Doughboy rolling down the hill 'cause it's so steep! Jackson... lemme figure out the name, Jack 'cause you be stealing other niggaz game!"



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