Amid controversy, Billy Hunter announces reforms for NBPA
Scrambling to potentially save his job, NBA players association executive director Billy Hunter is making some changes.
Scrambling, possibly, to save his job, NBA players association executive director Billy Hunter is making some changes.
After a 469-page report was released that charged Hunter with engaging in poor practices and then a scathing letter from powerful agent Arn Tellem urging his clients to remove him, Hunter released a statement on Wednesday detailing some reforms for the union.
"While the report confirmed I did not engage in any criminal conduct or misappropriation of union funds, it is clear there are areas where the player representatives and I could implement better processes in governing the union," said Hunter.
Part of the issue with Hunter has been charges of nepotism, with his daughter, daughter-in-law and son all working for or connected financially to the union. Ken Berger of CBSSports.com wrote on Tuesday that Hunter has cut ties with family members in regards to the NBPA. In the statement on Wednesday, Hunter confirmed it.
The first reform on the list is the "adoption of a new NBPA Anti-Nepotism Policy."
"As a consequence, Hunter announced the terminations of daughter Robyn Hunter and daughter-in-law Megan Inaba," the statement said. "Robyn Hunter's employment was terminated as of the close of business Friday, January 25, 2013. Due to the proximity to All-Star Weekend and the number of projects already in progress, Inaba's employment will cease on February 17, 2013." Hunter noted that these measures are being taken "although the report noted that both individuals were highly qualified, not overpaid, and contributing members of the NBPA staff.'"
Next on the list was securing a letter of resignation from Prim Capital, a financial planning and investment firm. Hunter's son, Todd, is the director of Prim Capital.
Along with the anti-nepotism policy, the NBPA will adopt "Conflict of Internet and Personnel Policies" and a "Personnel Re-Organization."
"While the external report contains various recommendations in several key areas, it is incumbent upon the Executive Director, Executive Committee, and Player Representatives to ensure the smooth operation of the union," Hunter said in the statement. "In my work for the NBPA, my priority has always been to promote the interests of the players. Through the benefit of hindsight, as with any executive, there are always things that could have been done better."
Hunter, 70, already has vowed to continue on as director, but it might come to the point that he doesn't have a choice. At All-Star Weekend, the executive committee will conduct a meeting, which will include all 30 players reps. It's very likely Hunter's future will be part of the discussion.
Hunter has been in charge of the NBA's players' union since 1996.
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