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Roger Mason Jr. calls Big3 “hostile and racist” after being fired for alleged corruption – The Denver Post

Roger Mason Jr. did not go quietly into the night after being fired as commissioner of the Big3 basketball league for alleged corruption. The former NBA player and high-ranking official with that league’s union claimed Monday that a “hostile and racist” environment existed at the three-on-three basketball league, which debuted last year as the brainchild of actor/rapper Ice Cube.

In a statement provided to The Washington Post, Mason said that he was fired in retaliation for accusing the Big3, and in particular co-founder Jeff Kwatinetz, of breaching his employment agreement. Mason added that “a former employee of BIG3″ recently told him that Kwatinetz, an entertainment industry executive, “has repeatedly referred to black athletes as ‘rich (expletive).’ ”

According to TMZ Sports, which said it obtained a letter sent to players and league employees, Mason was fired for corrupt practices, following an investigation into his ties to a pair of Qatari investors in the league, Ayman Sabi and Ahmed Al-Rumaihi, who were alleged to have withheld millions of dollars from the Big3. When the Big3 sued the two men, Mason allegedly refused to work on the league’s behalf in the matter.

The Qataris were said to have bestowed gifts and other benefits on a few Big3 officials, per the website, with the implication that Mason’s integrity had been compromised. Ice Cube is reportedly set to step in as the league’s commissioner until a permanent replacement is found.

“I am disappointed at the conduct of Ice Cube and other executives of Big3 in leveling these desperate manufactured claims against me,” Mason said. He added that Kwatinetz “has been engaged in a malicious, defamatory campaign of disparaging me in an attempt to prevent me from the performance of contractual duties and responsibilities.”

A spokesman for the Big3 told The Post that the league would not have “any comment at this time.”

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