Billy Hunter Escapes Prison Bid But Needs To Give Up His Job
Billy, you gotta go.
By Nubyjas Wilborn January 23, 2013, 09:02 AM EST
It might be time for Billy Hunter to retire.
Though the head of the NBPA was cleared of any legal issues due lack of evidence of embezzlement or theft, he’s not out of the hot water yet. An investigation conducted by Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP shows that Hunter used very poor judgment with Union money.
"In our judgment, the facts do show that at times Mr. Hunter's actions were inconsistent with his fiduciary obligations to put the interests of the union above his personal interests. Further, Mr. Hunter did not properly manage conflicts of interest."
The report even brings into the question the extension Hunter signed. Of course the executive director has an explanation for the confusion.
"Regarding my contract — my third in a long tenure of the organization — it was ratified by the NBPA Executive Committee and signed by President Derek Fisher," Hunter said. "I believe the contract and extensions are valid. I am pleased to discuss with the player representative board any concerns about my contract."
Hunter is very fortunate he’s not going to jail and the NBPA is fortunate not to be broken. So it would be in both parties best interest to immediately cut ties.