In a statement, Mason said he had been told that BIG3 co-founder Jeff Kwatinetz called black athletes "rich n----rs." Sports Illustrated's Matt Dollinger shared mason's full statement (warning: post contains profanity):
TMZ Sports reported BIG3 fired Mason for his connection to two Qatari investors who failed to pay millions of dollars owed to the league. Mason brought the investors into the league and allegedly declined to cooperate with BIG3's investigation into the matter.
Mason disputed that retelling of events.
"I am proud of the role I took in taking BIG3 from when it was merely a concept and transformed it to a successful basketball organization," he said in his statement. "I am disappointed at the conduct of Ice Cube and other executives of BIG3 in levelling these desperate manufactured claims against me. It will not derail the success of my legitimate claims against the league."
Ice Cube has replaced Mason as the BIG3 commissioner. The league is entering its second season of operations, with the 2018 campaign set to begin June 22 in Chicago and conclude Aug. 24 in Brooklyn, New York.