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Former NBA star Lamar Odom was deactivated from the BIG3 league on Wednesday, a move that has left the athlete “extremely disappointed.”

“Effectively immediately, Baron DavisBonzi WellsLamar Odom, and Jermaine O’Neal will be deactivated for the 2019 BIG3 season,” a press release from the league reads.

Odom was kicked to the curb after having played just one game as co-captain of the Enemies. The league’s statement said the decision to drop him and the other players came “after a series of consultations with players, coaches and league leadership.”

League co-founder, rapper/actor Ice Cube, is now speaking out about why Odom and his fellow players were booted.

“As a league, we want players that are actually playing, so if you aren’t playing, or can’t play, or you have any health issues,” Cube tells TMZ Sports that BIG3 doesn’t have room for you.”

BIG3 noted in its statement that “Such changes are being implemented to maximize competition, protect the health of players, and to raise the level of the professionalism of the BIG3.”

Odom, who nearly died of a drug overdose back in 2015, posted a lengthy statement on his official Instagram account on Friday, explaining that he found out through the media about being cut from the league.

“I respect @icecube & the other league executives, however, I am extremely disappointed with the way that this has been handled,” he said.

“Besides the embarrassment, it’s disappointing to read on IG that this decision had been made, especially without sharing it with myself or my manager,” he added. “Only after I heard from the media, I was then told that the big boys cutting checks decided that they had to deactivate me with no real specific explanation.”

According to TMZ, the Big3 claims they reached out to Odom several times before going public but were unable to reach him.

 

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So How Come Lamar Odom Is No Longer with BIG3?  was originally published on wzakcleveland.com