Ice Cube Takes Out Full-Page Ad Urging Trump To Support American Athletes

April 11, 2018
Jul 2, 2017; Charlotte, NC, USA; Movie actor Ice Cube stands on the court after the game between 3's Company and Ghost Ballers at Spectrum Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Ice Cube (Photo credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports)

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On Tuesday's edition of the New York Times, Hip Hop icon Ice Cube and the Big3 League have taken out a full-page ad urging President Donald Trump to back up American athletes. Trump meets with the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani on Wednesday.

The ad follows Big3 co-founder Jeff Kwatinetz' and Cube's lawsuit that alleges Qatari investors held back funds to force them out of the league, according to Source Magazine.

The New York Post's Richard Morgan says in an article that investors with connections with the royal family of Qatar put up only a third of the $20.5 million commitment. A move that "crippled efforts to elevate the league’s 3-on-3 basketball games."

The New York Times' ad shows a photo of Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani shaking hands with Vladimir Putin, the Russian president. The ad also lists the Big3 League's schedule of events and broadcast dates/times.

At the bottom, Ice Cube, Jeff Kwatinetz, Clyde "The Glide" Drexler and the players and coaches of the BIG3 all signed the ad.

The Big3 League season begins mid-June in Houston, Texas.