LeBron James’ contributions to the world of professional basketball will never be forgotten. For many, King James is the true GOAT of basketball and it isn’t hard to see why. He has also been slapped with a lawsuit recently.
According to the New York Post, LeBron James, Drake and Future have been accused in a new $10 million lawsuit of stealing the “intellectual property rights” to a film called ‘Black Ice,’ which is about the old, segregated hockey league for black players in Canada.
Billy Hunter, former longtime head of the NBA Players Association and ex-federal prosecutor, is seeking a share of profits from the documentary as well as $10 million in damages in a complaint filed in Manhattan state Supreme Court. It is alleged that he holds the exclusive legal rights to produce any film about the Colored Hockey League that existed from 1895 to the 1930s.
“While the defendants LeBron James, Drake and Maverick Carter [LeBron’s business partner] are internationally known and renowned in their respective fields of basketball and music, it does not afford them the right to steal another’s intellectual property.”
The authors, George and Darril Fosty, are also listed as defendants, citing breach of contract for allegedly violating the agreement giving Hunter the rights to produce a movie on the black hockey league and instead working out a side deal with Team LeBron and Drake.
The suit says Hunter paid the authors a total of $265,000 for the movie rights to the story. We will keep you updated on this ongoing story.
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