Big3 co-founder makes it clear that he’s not ‘part of the club,’ promises podcast tour will shake things up.
Ice Cube calls out ‘Gatekeepers’ for Blocking his Big3 League
Ice Cube slammed gatekeepers over ‘BIG3’ blockage on Twitter Sunday.
The West Coast legend, Ice Cube and co-founder of the Big3 basketball league posted a video on Twitter expressing frustration with the NBA and mainstream sports media.
“Some of you may not have realized that I’m not part of the club,” Ice Cube said. “And a lot of you listening to me right here and right now, you are not part of the club either. And what I realized with the club is, what makes them so mad is when you don’t want to be a part of they f-cking club. That pisses them off.”
And while he didn’t specify exactly what “the Club” is, the rap star has never been one to bow down to groupthink.
“What club am I talking about?” he continued. “I’m talking about the club of gatekeepers that we all got to deal with. You know who they are and they definitely know who they are.”
“These gatekeepers, Cube says, who are stunting the growth of the Big3. In case you’re not familiar, the Big3 is a 3-on-3 basketball league featuring mostly former NBA players or younger athletes who are looking to break through.
But it does not have a partnership with the NBA.
Ice Cube continued. “Now, a lot of people might say, ‘But, Cube, we want to work with the NBA,’” he said. “Really, I don't give a f*ck about working with the NBA. What I want them to do, when I say ‘Work with us,’ is to stop working against us.’”
Ice Cube said in his Twitter video he’ll be embarking on a “F-ck the Gatekeepers” podcast tour. “Imma go talk to everybody,” he said, “and get a chance to get my message out to the people.”
On Wednesday (June 21), while talking with Dan Le Batard.... Ice Cube says he’s surprised the Big3 doesn’t get more media coverage.
“We have Hall of Famers as our coaches,” Ice Cube said on the Dan Le Batard Show this week. “And so to really, virtually, ignore a league that’s this great, that’s this dope in the summer, where there is nothing else as far as hoops — I know the NBA got their Summer League, but after you see the first or second pick play once or twice, that’s pretty much over and you wait for the regular season.”
Ice Cube said the NBA’s “resistance” comes from commissioner Adam Silver, who doesn’t “dig what we’re doing personally.”