Ice Cube's BIG3 basketball league is now being sued.

September 5, 2017

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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 their 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.

Ice 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.

BIG3 signed over 20 players who had executed contracts with CBL.