Ice Cube (Twitter), Caitlin Clark of the Iowa Hawkeyes against the LSU Lady Tigers during the 2023 NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament championship game at American Airlines Center on April 02, 2023 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Ice Cube addressed the historic $5M offer he extended to Iowa Hawkeyes’ Caitlin Clark to join the BIG3 basketball league on Wednesday via social media.

In a statement, posted on Instagram, Cube said, “We intended the offer to remain private while Caitlin Clark plays for the championship. But I won’t deny what’s now already out there: BIG3 made a historic offer to Caitlin Clark.”

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Why wouldn’t we?

Ice Cube’s statement continues:  

Caitlin is a generational athlete who can achieve tremendous success in the BIG3.

The skeptics laughed when we made Nancy Lieberman the first female coach of a men’s pro team, and she won the championship in her first year.

Then Lisa Leslie won it all in year two. With our offer, Caitlin Clark can make history and break down even more barriers for women athletes.

America’s women athletes should not be forced to spend their off-seasons playing in often dismal and dubious foreign countries just to make ends meet.

And they should have more than just one professional option in the US at a time when American pro sports leagues are being infiltrated by autocratic, anti-women regimes such as Qatar. 

In conclusion, Ice Cube reaffirmed that the Big3 remains an exceptional choice for athletes.

Our pathbreaking offer to Caitlin Clark demonstrates that BIG3 now offers another choice for athletes.

See his original post below. 

Cube’s offer to Caitlin Clark is drawing mixed reactions. 

Some are hailing him as a hero for extending a blockbuster deal to an incredibly talented female athlete.

Regrettably, Ice Cube is facing criticism for overlooking talented Black female ballers in favor of such a “historic” contract.

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