On Wednesday, Shams Charania of The Athletic shared on Twitter that Colin Kaepernick invested in Ice Cube’s BIG3 league which is a three-on-three competitive basketball.
Since then, the tweet has been deleted and a representative for Kaepernick denied the claim saying, “It’s just not true”.
The original report claimed that Kaepernick’s investment would save the league from shutting down, something multiple players have been preparing for.
The league was started by Ice Cube and entertainment executive Jeff Kwatinetz in 2017. Many former NBA players have played for the league and others have continued careers as coaches within it.
The source of Charania’s original report was a trusted source close to the BIG3. However, it seems that Kaepernick may have not been ready to announce the deal or it was a gross error on the part of the trusted source.
NBC Sports reported, “The initial news was intriguing, because Ice Cube recently did a deal aimed at “enhanc[ing] the NFL’s dedication to increasing economic equity and partnerships with Black owned businesses.” If Kaepernick was separately doing business with Ice Cube, he could have become a go-between of sorts, helping to lay the foundation to bridge the five-year divide between player and league.”
Kaepernick always seems to keep himself in the news either with social justice issues or his attempts at getting back into the NFL.
From the sounds of it, BIG3 needs something to keep the league from shutting down. Maybe this attention will bring in a real investor.
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