Billy Hunter Says Relationship With Derek Fisher Suffered "Severe Injury"Published April 25, 2012
GETTING THE WORD OUT: ESPN L.A.'s Chris Broussard reported the NBPA Exec Committee last night sent a memo to its player reps that presented Fisher "as a rogue leader who has been delinquent in his duties since the end of the lockout." In addition to saying that Fisher has "failed to participate in executive committee conference calls, failed to make appearances on the union's behalf, and chosen not to cooperate with executive director Billy Hunter since January, the memo presents a timeline of recent events to support its decision last week to ask for Fisher's resignation" (ESPNLA.com, 4/24).
A LITTLE MORE ON NEPOTISM: BLOOMBERG NEWS' Levinson & Kuriloff cite records as indicating that the NBPA paid almost $4.8M to Hunter's family members "and their professional firms since 2001." Rochester Institute of Technology business ethics professor Robert Barbato said that while Hunter "isn't breaking any law or violating association rules, having so many relatives making money from the union is enough for an independent examination." Levinson & Kuriloff note Hunter's son, Todd, is one of "three partners at Prim Capital Corp., a Cleveland-based firm that runs the union’s financial awareness program and advises the organization on its investments." Public filings indicate that the NBPA has paid Prim "almost $3 million since 2005." Prim Dir Carolyn Kaufman said that the company "has been working for the union since at least 1999," and Todd Hunter joined in '02. Kaufman added that Todd Hunter "didn’t work on union matters until 2008." Levinson & Kuriloff note Billy Hunter's daughter, Alexis, has "worked for two law firms that were hired by the union since he took over." Another daughter, Robyn, serves as the NBPA’s Benefits Dir, and public documents from last year indicate that she was "on the organization’s payroll with an annual salary of $82,954." Todd Hunter’s wife, Megan Inaba, currently NBPA Dir of Special Events, has been "on the payroll since 2001 -- before she and Todd Hunter were married -- and has made almost $1.2 million" (BLOOMBERG NEWS, 4/25).
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