Former NFL wide receiver Terrell Owens won’t be playing in Ice Cube’s 3-on-3 basketball league.

Despite the impassioned plea from Owens, the BIG3 founder told TMZ Sports he’s holding firm on the league’s rule of only giving spots to former NBA players.

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The 43-year-old Owens played basketball in high school and college and has participated in a number of celebrity basketball games. He recently revealed in an interview with Josh Peter of USA TODAY Sports that if he could choose again between a career in football or basketball, he’d go with the latter.

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