“I used to be terminated by Big3 in retaliation for authorized claims which I made final week in a letter despatched by my attorneys to Big3 Basketball alleging that the league had breached my employment settlement,” Mason mentioned.
Mason, who had a 10-year profession within the N.B.A. after being drafted within the second-round by the Chicago Bulls in 2002, served because the deputy government director of the N.B.A. Gamers Affiliation earlier than he grew to become the co-president and commissioner of Big3.
His assertion mentioned Kwatinetz had orchestrated a “malicious defamatory marketing campaign” in opposition to him and accused the league of getting a hostile and racist work surroundings.
Mark Geragos, a lawyer for Big3, dismissed Mason’s expenses. “Anybody who is aware of Jeff is aware of how preposterous these accusations are,” Geragos mentioned in a cellphone interview.
The shake-up got here at a very awkward time for Big3, because the league had introduced the schedule for its second season simply earlier than the TMZ report was printed.
Mason’s dismissal will not be anticipated to delay the season, which is ready to start June 22 in Houston, and the league’s letter mentioned two main sponsorship offers can be introduced within the subsequent seven days. Ice Dice, who was already a co-president alongside Mason, will function president and commissioner till a successor is discovered.
The league’s 2018 schedule requires an eight-week common season within the league’s format of half-court Three-on-Three video games, which differ from the FIBA-sanctioned model of the sport in a number of methods, together with a court docket that includes three Four-point shot zones and video games being determined by which workforce will get to 50 factors first — with a requirement that groups should win by 2 or extra factors.
A playoff spherical is scheduled for Aug. 17 in Dallas with a championship sport to be held on Aug. 24 at Barclays Heart in Brooklyn. Final 12 months’s title was won by Trilogy, a workforce coached by Rick Mahorn that included the previous N.B.A. gamers Rashad McCants, James White and Dion Glover.
To go along with the league’s stars from final 12 months like Kenyon Martin and Lewis, Big3 has added different big-name former N.B.A. gamers like Amar’e Stoudemire, Carlos Boozer, Quentin Richardson, Eddy Curry and even Greg Oden, the oft-injured former No. 1 total N.B.A. draft choose.
Earlier than the information of Mason’s dismissal, the league’s announcement of its 2018 schedule had included a message from Kwatinetz, which had a vibrant tone that rapidly clashed with the rising experiences of discord.
“We had been thrilled by how rapidly followers embraced the league final season and look ahead to bringing them an excellent greater and higher Big3 this 12 months,” he mentioned. “All low season we’ve been working onerous to raise the sport — we’ve added unbelievable expertise, new cities, and have extra thrilling updates on the way in which.”