Billy Hunter Voted Out as NBPA Director
Billy Hunter is no longer the executive director of the National Basketball Players Association after 24 players met on behalf of their teams during All-Star Weekend in Houston and unanimously voted to replace him.
Miami HEAT forward LeBron James and Brooklyn Nets guard Jerry Stackhouse were reportedly the most vocal players during the meeting, which lasted three and a half hours. The general theme of the meeting was that it was time for change within the union.
Hunter had led the union since 1996, and there have already been reports that he’ll fight the decision with a lawsuit.
Last month, a independent review of the union criticized Hunter on a wide range of issues and revealed that Hunter had mismanaged funds, hired relatives and, overall, made questionable decisions. The report didn’t find Hunter guilty of any crimes, which the former executive director pointed out in a statement, but did suggest that he be replaced.
Derek Fisher will continue to serve as the NBPA’s president. Matt Bonner was elected vice president and James Jones was elected secretary/treasurer. Stackhouse, Roger Mason, Jr., Chris Paul, Andre Iguodala, Stephen Curry and Willie Green will round out the NBPA’s executive committee.