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Hunter trying to force vote to oust Fisher as union president

Apr 20, 2012, 5:29 PM EDT

Los Angeles Lakers Fisher speaks at a news conference alongside Executive Director of the NBA player's association Hunter in New York Reuters

This is becoming a mess. Potentially a very public mess.

We told you earlier today that NBA players’ union president Derek Fisher had ordered an outside audit of the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) books and business practices. Union Executive Director Billy Hunter got the union’s executive committee to kill that audit. Then the committee requested Fisher resign as president, something he refused to do.

Now Hunter is trying to get the team reps to vote Fisher out as president, reports Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo.

National Basketball Players Association executive director Billy Hunter is pushing to organize a vote of team player representatives on Friday to oust union president Derek Fisher, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

The union constitution isn’t readily available to the public, so it is unclear how many of the potential 30 team representatives would be needed to vote Fisher out of office. One player representative told Yahoo! Sports he wasn’t sure the reps could do anything but offer a “no confidence” vote.

Fisher told Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated he isn’t going anywhere.

“I do and have always taken my job as president of the players’ association very, very seriously,” Fisher said on Friday. “And anyone or any group who questions my intentions in any decisions I’ve ever made that I felt were best for our players I think need to step back for a moment and ask themselves this: Why would I try and ask certain questions and call into review the association that I’m the president of unless I thought there were some serious questions that needed to be answered, things that I, as president, aren’t satisfied with?

“It calls my leadership into question in some ways, in terms of not being able to put certain controls in place. I’ll take the hits, and the negative comments that may come or whatever may happen, but it won’t take me away or distract me from doing what I feel is best for all of our players.

“This is in no way about me. It’s about our membership. So I won’t lose focus of that idea. I’ll continue to push for what I feel is right for our players.”

Hunter seems to have support on the union’s executive committee, but how much support he has among the general membership remains to be seen. Among agents Hunter has never been popular and they may try to influence their clients on this matter as well. During the lockout there was a split between backers of Fisher and Hunter in the union, but over the months of the season that crack has grown to a cavern.

Which is to say, it’s all going to get ugly. Fast.

  1. limonadamas - Apr 20, 2012 at 7:45 PM

    What exactly has caused this rift? How did it get so ugly, so fast?

    I vaguely remember there being dissension between the two during the lockout, but little info has been made available as to what Fisher’s (or Hunter’s) concerns are. So far, the public doesn’t have anything to go on in terms of making an opinion about the situation (aside from preexisting like or dislike of Fisher/Hunter).

  2. ncarolinarn7 - Apr 20, 2012 at 8:51 PM

    What is wrong with auditing the books to make sure everyone is accountable? Sounds like he stepped on someone with something to hide to me.

  3. mat9844 - Apr 20, 2012 at 9:29 PM

    Whatever Fisher’s concerns are, it has to do with the players. He’s always been there for his teammates and the players. The first thing the owners did when the season began was to Trade Fisher. He’s a thorn in their side, but I think he’s doing what’s best for the players.

  4. BigBeachBall - Apr 20, 2012 at 9:34 PM

    Get em DFish…

  5. gatorays - Apr 20, 2012 at 10:17 PM

    Fisher wants to open the books and all of a sudden Hunter wants him out???? Sounds to me like Hunter is hiding something.

  6. glink123 - Apr 20, 2012 at 11:26 PM

    Never trust a 70 year old lawyer who wears an earring and prefers to go by “Billy”.

  7. glink123 - Apr 20, 2012 at 11:26 PM

    “…ohhh Beeeeiii-llleeeiiii”

  8. noahbird - Apr 21, 2012 at 1:34 AM

    Let us dig a lil deeper. What is the reasoning behind the proposed audit?

  9. marlin1894 - Apr 21, 2012 at 5:40 AM

    glink123

    HAHAHAHA!!! Good stuff.

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