NBA players oust Billy Hunter as union’s Executive DirectorBy Alex Jusi Madlangbayan on Feb 17, 2013 in Basketball, Sports •
The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) ousted Billy Hunter as its executive director during the 2013 All Star Weekend on Saturday, February 16, 2013.
During Saturday’s meeting, players’ representatives reportedly voted unanimously, 24-0, to oust Hunter from the union. Only six teams were not represented during the voting. Hunter has been the NBPA‘s executive director since 1996.
NBPA President Derek Fisher made the announcement that the players union has severe ties with their long time running executive director.
In a brief statement, Fisher said that,
This is our union and we have taken it back.
We want to make it clear that we are here to serve only the best interests of the players.
No threats, no lies, no distractions will stop us from serving our memberships.
Fisher will remain as NBPA president while Jerry Stackhouse of the Brooklyn Nets was elected first-vice president. Miami Heat forward James Jones is the new union secretary-treasurer.
A new set of NBPA executive committee was elected on Saturday. The new members include San Antonio Spurs forward Matt Bonner, Los Angeles Clippers guards Chris Paul and Willie Green, New Orleans Hornets guard Roger Mason, Denver Nuggets guard Andre Iguodala and Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry.
Hunter and the NBPA may be in for a long court battle as the ousted executive director explained that,
Certain individuals made sure the outcome was pre-ordained.
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.
In his reaction to the NBPA‘s move, NBA Commissioner David Stern said that,
We await notification from the union as to who we should be dealing with because it has been a principle of faith with us that we will deal with whomever the union tells us to deal with.
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