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Billy Hunter issues statement after being ousted as head of NBA players union

Feb 16, 2013, 9:28 PM EDT

Hunter and Fisher of the NBA speak during news conference to reject NBA's latest offer in New York Reuters

HOUSTON — NBA players union president Billy Hunter was unanimously voted out of that position by representatives from 24 of the 30 teams in Houston on Saturday. He did some questionable things that came to light during an internal audit, and that was more than enough in the players’ eyes to get him removed from his very lucrative position.

Hunter was not present for the proceedings, but issued a statement through his website.

It reads as follows, in its entirety:

“I have yet to receive any notification, other than published news reports, that the NBPA has terminated my employment.  If accurate, it is indicative of the extremely troubling process followed by the NBPA during the past few weeks. During the days and weeks ahead, my legal team and I will begin carefully reviewing the actions taken and statements made against me in the meeting room in my absence.  I look forward to gathering the evidence showing how certain individuals made sure the outcome was pre-ordained.

“After 17 years of representing NBA players during CBA negotiations and defending their rights in other proceedings, not once was there an occasion where one side was denied an opportunity to be heard.  The current interim regime in control of the NBPA has set a terrible precedent for the union.  It violates every tenet of fairness upon which the union was founded.  Now that this has occurred, I will continue to examine all of my options, including whether the fairness that was absent from the NBPA process might be available in a different forum.  In addition, given the legitimate legal and governance questions surrounding the eligibility of the members who voted and the adherence, or lack thereof, to the constitution and bylaws, I do not consider today’s vote the end, only a different beginning.  My legal representatives and I will resume communication with the NBPA to determine how to best move forward in the best interests of all parties.”

This is not about Hunter retaining his position as union leader, it’s about getting every penny of the millions he’s owed under his current contract.

Expect to hear plenty about this in the future, though none of it will impact the league in any way whatsoever — at least until the new president is installed, and it’s time to once again negotiate terms of a new collective bargaining agreement in the likely event that either the league or the players opt out of the current agreement in 2017.

  1. tiger7575 - Feb 16, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    Self aggrandizing slime. Oh, just like most of the players he’s been representing. No wonder they got rid of him, familiarity breeds contempt.

    • fanofevilempire - Feb 17, 2013 at 12:08 PM

      wtf is that comment about, what players are slime?

  2. BigBeachBall - Feb 16, 2013 at 11:22 PM

    Stern is next….

  3. esracerx46 - Feb 17, 2013 at 12:41 AM

    You got caught Mr. Hunter. Deal with it. Dont waste the presumably millions you’ve stole/earned on a futile exercise that will only cost you a fortune and leave you kicking and screaming. Go back under your hole so we dont have to laugh at you any more.

  4. kb2408 - Feb 17, 2013 at 12:59 AM

    Getting canned on all star weekend is like Craig from “Friday” getting fired in his day off.

  5. kavika6 - Feb 17, 2013 at 2:39 AM

    One down, one to go. You’re next Fathead Fisher.

    • mogogo1 - Feb 18, 2013 at 7:39 PM

      What did Fisher do other than be the first to call out Billy Hunter for the nepotism? Fisher called him on that and Hunter got the stupid union executive committee to call for Fisher to be thrown out. I’d make Fisher head of the whole union.

  6. mogogo1 - Feb 18, 2013 at 7:37 PM

    It’s “troubling” to him how they dismissed him, but employing his entire family, trying to sink union funds in his son’s failing bank…all that was a-okay with Billy.

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