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Tellem urges players to take control of union
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On January 29, 2013 @ 10:00 pm In All,Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY Sports
High-profile NBA agent Arn Tellem called for the dismissal of National Basketball Players Association Executive Director Billy Hunter in a lengthy, strongly-worded letter Tellem sent to his clients.
After reviewing the extensive internal investigation of NBPA business practices conducted by law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, Tellem, in a letter obtained by USA TODAY Sports, Tellem wrote, “I implore you and your fellow players to take control of your union and your future. It’s time for Mr. Hunter to go.”
The New York Times first reported details of the letter.
Tellem was one of a handful of agents privately critical of the way Hunter handled the 2011 NBA lockout, which resulted in a shortened, 66-game schedule and financial loss for players and the league.
The internal review did not find any evidence of criminal activity on Hunter’s behalf nor did it call for Hunter’s removal. However, the review concluded, “Based on the findings of this report, the NBPA should consider whether Mr. Hunter should remain as the Union’s Executive Director.”
The unflattering internal review provided Tellem with ammunition to go after Hunter.
Tellem, the vice chairman and managing director of team sports at Wasserman Media Group, has a significant contingent of NBA players, including big names such as Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose, Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, Atlanta Hawks forward Al Horford, Brooklyn Nets guard Joe Johnson, Nets center Brook Lopez, Los Angeles Lakers forward Pau Gasol and Portland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge.
Tellem delivered a scathing assessment of Hunter’s tenure as executive director, including harsh criticism of Hunter’s actions detailed in the internal review. On Monday, it was revealed that Hunter relieved his daughter, Robyn, of her duties with the NBPA and his daughter-in-law, Megan Inaba, will not be employed by the NBPA after All-Star Weekend. Hunter also said the union will no longer work with Prim Captial, a financial services company where Hunter’s son, Todd, works.
Hunter indicated in a statement that he does not plan on leaving his post and distancing the NBPA from Hunter’s immediate family members is an attempt to convince players he should remain in … [For more on NBA agent Tellem urges players to take control of union, click here.]
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