LeBron James and Drake are being taken to court over the rights to produce a film about Canada’s Colored Hockey League.
The Colored Hockey League of the Maritimes (CHL) was an all-Black hockey league that was founded in Nova Scotia back in 1895, and it was made up of reportedly over 400 Black Canadian players. Teams were located from New Brunswick all the way to Prince Edward Island.
The story of the Colored Hockey League has been documented in some history books and online, but the goal of Drake and James was to take it to the big screen. However, the two are now being sued for $10 million by Billy Hunter, the former head of the NBA players union, who claims he owns exclusive legal rights to produce any movie about the history-making league, TMZ reports.
He says he signed a deal with the authors of a book that their “Black Ice” hockey documentary was adapted from. Hunter claims James and Drake bypassed him and signed their own deal with the authors, George and Darril Fosty, completely leaving him out of the picture. When Hunter addressed the brothers about their deal with the entertainment giants, the brothers said they didn’t break any rules, as a documentary isn’t the same as a feature film. Hunter says their claim is “absurd and made in bad faith.”
Now, he wants $10 million in damages from the baller and rapper for a piece of the documentary’s profits, TMZ reports.