|Hunter is gone. (Getty Images)|
The National Basketball Players Association voted to remove Billy Hunter as executive director of the union at a meeting on Saturday, union president Derek Fisher announced at a brief press conference. And by brief, I mean, 3 minutes, 30 seconds, and after that they walked out of the room without taking questions from media. Well, then.
Hunter has faced allegations of inappropriate activity stemming from reported instancs of nepotism and a lack of oversight. A report from the independently contracted firm of Paul-Weiss concluded Hunter had failed in his duties and recommended his removal. Among the reported instances of inpropriety, Hunter's vacation and travel funds were never approved by the union, and he repeatedly used union funds for a variety of inappropriate measures. Hunter's actions are also under investigation by the U.S. Attorney's office.
Hunter was placed on indefinite leave on Feb. 1 by the executive committee. He finally refuted the claims made against him on a blog on Thursday. He had previously dismissed his daughter, who had worked for him, and severed ties with a financial firm that his son served as director for. But, clearly, the damage was already done.
Hunter served as executive director for the union from 1996 to 2013, overseeing the union's two battles through lockouts with the NBA. Various NBA agents have shown unrest with Hunter since the 2011 lockout for his refusal to take more aggressive stands against the league in CBA disputes. Former MLBPA head Donald Fehr has been suggested as a possible replacement.