February 16, 2013
NBA players' union fires Billy Hunter
By THE SPORTS XCHANGE
The NBA players union voted to oust Billy Hunter as its executive director, several media outlets reported Saturday.
The decision was made by a group of player representatives from around the league after meeting in Houston during All-Star Weekend.
Hunter’s lawyers said he has not been given due process as he was not invited to the players’ meeting.
Last month, an independent audit that was released questioned Hunter’s business and hiring practices. It included accusing him of nepotism and abusing union resources for personal gain. It concluded that Hunter placed personal interests ahead of the players union’s, but found no criminal wrongdoing. The audit was completed by the law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison.
Hunter defended himself in a rebuttal to the audit on Friday.
He is part of a criminal inquiry by the United States Attorney’s Office and is being investigated by the Department of Labor and the New York State attorney general.
Derek Fisher, a guard for the Dallas Mavericks, led the push to fire Hunter starting during the lockout in 2011.
Hunter has been the union’s executive director since July 1996.