Ron Klempner Rumors
Ron Klempner, NBPA general counsel: Coming out of the 1995 [CBA negotiations], the owners clearly did not get what they wanted, and they were looking for the first available opportunity to be able to go back in and get it. Garnett’s contract provided them with all of the ammunition that they needed.
These developments have happened so quickly and quietly, however, that the National Basketball Players Association was not aware of these widespread biometric advances, and had not established a position on the issue, until ESPN The Magazine approached the union for comment in August. “If the league and teams want to discuss potentially invasive testing procedures that relate to performance, they’re free to start that dialogue and we’ll be glad to weigh the benefits against the risks,” longtime NBPA counsel Ron Klempner said. “Obviously, we’d have serious privacy and other fairness concerns on behalf of the players. We’ve barely left the starting line on these issues.”
Statement of NBPA Acting Executive Director Ron Klempner Regarding the Atlanta Hawks: “We’ve had continuing discussions with the league office about the incidents of disturbing statements attributed to representatives of the Atlanta Hawks’ franchise. We recognize that there is an ongoing investigation regarding the circumstances, and we will continue to monitor these events and take any action we deem appropriate.”
Jeff Zillgitt: NBPA acting director Ron Klempner: “We’ve had continuing discussions with the league office about the incidents of disturbing statements attributed to representatives of the Atlanta Hawks’ franchise. We recognize that there is an ongoing investigation regarding the circumstances and we will continue to monitor these events and take any action we deem appropriate.”
An 18-month payment schedule would allow a player to continue receiving paychecks through the 2017-18 season, even if games aren’t played because of a work stoppage, according to an e-mail sent to players and agents by acting union Executive Director Ron Klempner, a copy of which was obtained by Bloomberg News. “As we have learned in the past, the owners have made provisions with the TV networks to continue to receive rights fees throughout a work stoppage, and there is no reason the players should not make every effort to take the same precaution,” the e-mail said. The e-mail suggests players use the 18-month provision in any multiyear contract, though it highlights the 2016-17 season.
Klempner in a telephone interview said the agents are “very receptive” to the idea. “Every chance the owners have had they’ve opted out of an agreement,” Klempner said. “We can’t control what they’re going to do. All we’re going to do is prepare ourselves.”
Specifically, the letter – which was written by interim executive director Ron Klempner – advised players who are free agents to use a provision which allows them to be paid over 18 months instead of 12 during the course of a season. The provision was negotiated into the current collective bargaining agreement during the negotiations that ended the 2011 lockout.
NBPA acting executive director Ron Klempner, however, wasn’t satisfied with how the situation was handled, via Bloomberg’s Scott Soshnick: Text from Ron Klempner, acting exec director of @TheNBPA: The playing conditions for tonight’s game were completely unacceptable from the opening tip. In a situation like this, there needs to be more open communication before a decision is made that could potentially place players at risk.