NBPA director Hunter proposes union reforms
by USA TODAY Sports, USA TODAY
Nation Basketball Players Associate executive director Billy Hunter unveiled some reforms to union policies on Wednesday in response to an internal review that questioned his job performance.
1. Adoption of a new NBPA Anti-Nepotism Policy. Hunter fired his daughter Robyn Hunter and daughter-in-law Megan Inaba. Robyn Hunter’s employment was terminated as of the close of business Friday, Jan. 25. Inaba’s employment will cease on Feb. 17, because of projects involving the NBA All-Star Game already in progress. Hunter said on Wednesday these measures are being taken “although the report noted that both individuals were highly qualified, not overpaid, and contributing members of the NBPA staff.”
2. Secured a letter of resignation from Prim Capital, effective immediately. While it is the NBPA’s assessment that Prim’s financial counsel has not resulted in any losses of union investments, Hunter acknowledges legitimate questions precluded their continued service. Prim Capital employs Hunter’s son, Todd.
3. Conflict of Interest and Personnel Policies: In consultation with the NBPA legal staff, outside counsel and experts, effective immediately, the NBPA is recommending implementation of a new: (a) Conflict of Interest Policy, (b) Anti-Nepotism Policy, (c) Employee Hiring Policy, (d) Document Retention Policy, and (e) Employee Manual.
4. NBPA Personnel Re-Organization. For a combination of factors, including but not limited to, general office reorganization, redundancy, performance, and analysis of compensation, certain staff positions at the NBPA will be eliminated in the near future. Other positions will also be reviewed which may result in compensation adjustments that would bring them in line with market rates. All new hires will now be conducted in accordance with the new hiring policy and guidelines.
The updated reforms Hunter proposed will be presented to the organization’s larger governing body at their annual meeting at NBA All-Star Weekend Feb. 15-17.
Hunter is taking action after the findings of a review of NBPA business practices conducted by law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, which became public on Jan. 17 that said “based on the findings of this report, the NBPA should consider whether Mr. Hunter should remain as the Union’s Executive Director.”