Billy Hunter Rumors
The National Basketball Players Association has filed a blistering countersuit against former executive director Billy Hunter, seeking “millions of dollars” for what it calls “willful and deliberate misconduct and breach of his fiduciary duties.” The claims were filed Friday in Los Angeles County Superior Court in addition to the union’s response to Hunter’s revised complaint in which he is seeking at least $10.5 million in damages for alleged breach of contract.
The union’s 22-page countersuit, obtained by CBS Sports, reads like the Paul-Weiss report itself, resurfacing old accusations of nepotism, costly vetting of controversial investment strategies, improper use of funds, and more. The NBPA also once again calls into question the validity of Hunter’s 2010 contract extension, and argues that Hunter owes the union millions in “ill-gotten benefits” in the form of salary, benefits and unsubstantiated vacation pay, according to the counterclaims. “Hunter knowingly, intentionally, and willfully failed to secure the constitutionally required approval of the 2010 Alleged Contract in order to shield such contract from scrutiny by the NBPA’s highest policymaking bodies and to thereby obtain the most favorable terms and conditions of employment for his personal benefit and to the detriment of the NBPA and its membership,” the union alleges in the countersuit.
As the National Basketball Players Association prepares for the possibility of negotiating another collective bargaining agreement with the NBA, the union is still dealing with a multimillion-dollar dispute with the man who negotiated the last one. Former NBPA executive director Billy Hunter’s lawsuit against the union took the next legal step Monday when his attorneys filed an amended complaint in Los Angeles County Superior Court. Hunter, 73, is seeking a jury trial on four breach of contract claims related to his 2013 termination.
A California appeals court on Monday rejected the National Basketball Players Association’s appeal in former executive director Billy Hunter’s lawsuit against the union, sending the matter back to a lower court where the two sides will battle over the validity of Hunter’s contract, CBS Sports has learned.
I didn’t see it then, but now I see it all from Nov. 19th 2004 (the night of the Brawl) until this bad relationship between me and the NBA ended I was fated to fail. I would say I was sorry but I would do it again so I attempted to explain myself. I wanted to say that I hated my life and constantly thought of ending it; I wanted to say Jim was trying to bully me; I wanted to just let it all out — my mom being checked into mental institution, my ex getting an abortion, my problems wanted to flow, but instead, I tried to intellectualize the situation. I wanted to try to have the public view me as a patriot for the millions of minor, non-violent, drug offenders who were serving minimum mandatory sentences, a voice for those who were afraid too of the system, but all I did was catch the ire of David J Stern and his lackey Billy Hunter.
But she also was brought in to try and clean up the mess and dysfunction left behind in the wake of the players forcing Billy Hunter out in 2013 “I do agree that, on one level, I was hired to be a fighter,” Roberts told The Post in a lengthy and candid interview inside the union’s Harlem headquarters last week. “Any executive director needs to understand that’s a part of what he or she is going to be expected to do. “But I think what is equally important, for me, is to repair what has been a foundation that has been subjected to some injury by, unfortunately, my predecessor. What we don’t have, and what we will have, is a management structure that is both able to interact with our counterparties with the league and elsewhere, but a structure that allows the players to do unequivocally what they want to do, and that’s run their own union…. They didn’t hire me, and they were not interested in hiring, someone to run things for them, to simply let them know what’s going on.”
Roberts begins the job next month, and she plans to essentially upend the union, which she dismissed as “a mom-and-pop shop” under her predecessor. “It was clearly run by Hunter without much input from other people,” she said during a long interview at her office in Washington. “It’s completely inconsistent with the way any entity, let alone any union, should be run.”