According to a new lawsuit, LeBron James and Drake have been sued for stealing the rights to a movie about a segregated hockey league.
Billy Hunter, the former head of the NBA players union, who sued them for $10 million, claims he holds the exclusive legal rights to produce any movie about Canada’s old Coloured Hockey League.
Hunter claims LeBron and Drake used their production companies to go behind his back and sign a deal, involving the authors of a book their “Black Ice” hockey documentary is based on.
Furthermore, Hunter claims he had a deal with the guys who wrote “Black Ice: The Lost History of the Coloured Hockey League of the Maritimes, 1895–1925.”
The deal allegedly made Hunter the sole holder of the exclusive rights to produce a movie.
Hunter says he paid the authors, George and Darril Fosty, a combined $265,000 to lock up the movie rights.
He says the authors claimed the documentary did not violate their agreement with Hunter.
According to the brothers, a documentary is different from a movie.
Hunter is going after LeBron and Drake for a cut of the documentary’s profits plus $10 million in damages.