Billy Hunter Rumors
LeBron James missed Cavs practice Tuesday to give a deposition in former NBA players’ union executive director Billy Hunter’s wrongful termination lawsuit. James is expected to start Wednesday at The Q against Portland, coach Tyronn Lue said. Lue also said all other players practiced and are available for the game against the Blazers.
LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers teammate James Jones and Los Angeles Clippers star Chris Paul have been served with notices of deposition in former NBA Player’s Union executive director Billy Hunter’s wrongful termination lawsuit against the NBPA, sources said Thursday. Paul operates as union president, James as vice president and Jones as secretary treasurer. Hunter is suing the NBPA for $10.5 million in addition to attorney’s fees, for compensation he did not receive after his ouster in February 2013.
In addition to the deposition notices served by Hunter’s legal team, California Superior Court judge Judge Huey Cotton has ordered the NBPA to turn over the documents regarding an investigation conducted by law firm Paul Weiss into Hunter’s reign as executive director, a review that preceded Hunter’s ouster. According to a Sports Business Daily report, Cotton has also ordered the union to pay $30,550 in sanctions for failing to comply with a previous order to turn over documents.
“Just that I always acted in the best interests of the players,” Hunter told CBS Sports in his first interview since he was removed from his post under a cloud of suspicion. “I always put their interests first.” Hunter seems smaller, and his voice is softer now, though somehow he’s no less bombastic. He’s always been a fighter; an underdog in the perpetual tug-of-war with billionaire owners and the NBA’s army of lawyers. As the league prepares for a monumental and chaotic free-agency period that begins Friday at 12:01 a.m. ET, Hunter feels at once vindicated and victimized.