Former NBPA Head Billy Hunter Sues Union and Derek Fisher

by May 16, 2013

As he threatened to do when he was ousted, Billy Hunter, the disgraced former head of the NBA Players Association, has filed a lawsuit. In the legal filing, Hunter alleges that union president Derek Fisher colluded with team owners during the 2011 lockout, for his benefit and that of certain players and Fisher’s own publicist. Per the AP and CBS Sports: “Billy Hunter contends that Fisher undermined Hunter’s efforts to make an agreement and interfered with his job as executive director. Filed Thursday in California Superior Court, the suit also names the National Basketball Players Association and Jamie Wior, Fisher’s publicist. It says Fisher and Wior worked after the lockout ended ‘to terminate his employment without cause and in violation of his contract.’ Hunter was ousted in February following an investigation into his business practices. […] “It’s unfortunate that I must take this action against an organization where I had the privilege of working with many dedicated associates over 17 years,’ Hunter said in a statement. ‘I’m proud of our record of achievement on behalf of players during my tenure as Executive Director and will continue to stand up for their interests. But I cannot let stand attacks on my character or accept what has been done.'”