According to TMZ Sports, which said it obtained a letter sent to players and league employees, Mason was sacked 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.
"We are writing to inform you of the decision by the BIG3 to terminate the employment of Roger Mason Jr. for cause under the terms of his employment agreement with the league".
Mason released a statement Monday evening denying the claims against him and accusing the league of promoting a "hostile and racist" work environment. "The violations of my agreement centered around BIG3 co-founder Jeff Kwatinetz, who 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".
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TMZ reported that the firing involved Mason's connection to a pair of Qatari investors who were allegedly cheating the league. According to the letter, Mason was also believed to have received benefits from the investors, even while they were faulting on their financial commitments to the league.
"Among other matters, a former employee of BIG3 recently told me that Kwatinetz has repeatedly referred to black athletes as 'rich n-ers'".
Mason, 37, then accused Kwatinetz of making "countless unfounded attacks on (his) integrity, character, and leadership" and painted a broader picture of a toxic work culture.
And as per these specific allegations, a league spokesperson told TMZ "Mason's claims do not require a dignified response beyond the fact that they are preposterous and false".More news: Watch Tommy Wiseau's Very Strange Audition Tape to Be the Next Joker
A Washington, D.C. -area native who starred at Good Counsel High and the University of Virginia, Mason played for 10 years in the National Basketball Association, including three with the Wizards.
Ice Cube was someone I looked up to and it is disappointing that he would support these manufactured claims.
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