Billy Hunter fired his family members from the NBA Players Union. After Hunter was criticized for his business practices, the NBPA executive director fired both his daughter and daughter-in-law from the union.
Hunter has headed the union since 1996 and makes $3 million a year. The decision to fire his family members came less than two weeks after Billy Hunter received the report filed by the firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP which pointed out certain “conflicts of interest” in the NBPA due to Hunter hiring and doing business with family members. The response to this report had agents and basketball players calling for Billy Hunter to resign or be fired because of the claims of nepotism.
According to SB Nation, Hunter has responded to these criticisms by cutting the NBPA’s ties to family members:
“Hunter penned a letter to the union’s special committee of players dated Jan. 23 that Robyn Hunter would be relieved of her duties on Jan. 25. Megan Inaba will remain at her job to help with All-Star festivities before being let go on Feb. 17. The union chief also stated that the NBPA would no longer be working with Prim Capital, the firm that employs his son Todd.”
According to Bloomberg, this written statement also included the reasons for why Hunter fired his family members:
“Hopefully this decision will alleviate any concerns raised by their employment. These measures are being taken although the report noted that both of them were highly qualified, not overpaid, and were contributing members of the NBPA staff.”
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