Ice Cube, Big3 Send Message To Donald Trump In NYT Ad
Ice Cube and the Big3 League have taken out a full-page ad in Tuesday's edition the New York Times, urging President Trump to defend American athletes during his meeting today with the Emir Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.
The message to Trump comes in the wake Ice Cube's and Big3 co-founder Jeff Kwatinetz' $1.2-billion lawsuit alleging that Qatari investors withheld funds in an attempt to muscle them out the league.
"Hey President Trump," the ad reads. "When you meet today with (Vladimir) Putin's new friend, the Emir Qatar, please tell him not to threaten the BIG3 and American athletes!"
According to The Washington Post, the suit alleges that a Qatari group, including Sheikh Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Saud Al Thani, the CEO the state-run Qatar Investment Authority, only paid part its agreed investment which ultimately cost the league millions dollars and diminished the organization's ability to maximize its potential. Richard Morgan the New York Post says the investors only put up one-third the expected $20.5 million commitment. As a result, the Big3 is now seeking $1.2 billion in damages that would effectively provide each player with around $20 million.
Trump was scheduled to welcome the Emir Qatar to the White House at noon Tuesday.