Billy Hunter Rumors
Peter Vecsey: Billy Hunter’s 4½-year suit against the National Basketball Players Association regarding his alleged wrongful termination as the union’s executive director has been settled, I have learned exclusively. The $10.5 million Hunter had remaining on his contract when he was fired was being contested. Regrettably, my source is not privy to the agreed-upon out-of-court resolution reached last week. To inquire elsewhere would almost certainly tip off off the ball reporters.
Peter Vecsey: The fact Hunter’s successor, Michele Roberts, is doing her best to keep private the conclusion of the contentious conflict additionally leads me to believe the union will pay a sizeable portion of his lawyer fees, if not the nearly $3.5M. Four days ago, the union’s executive committee (Chris Paul is board president, LeBron James is one of eight vice presidents; both were deposed) and others owning a secret clearance, were alerted by memo the suit was a wrap.
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.