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U.S. Attorney’s Office Investigating NBA Union

April 27th, 2012 at 5:27 PM
By Alexander Tilton

The United States Attorney's Office (USAO) in Manhattan announced the opening of an investigation into the recent controversy that has embroiled the National Basketball Player's Association (NBPA) and its executive director, Billy Hunter. Although the specific objective of the investigation is unclear, the USAO authorities are getting involved after Bloomberg reported that public documents showed that Hunter had been paid nearly $4.8 million by the NBPA since 2001. Those documents also revealed that Hunter's daughters, daughter-in-law, and son are all employed by the union directly or in entities that have profited substantially from doing business with the NBPA.The internal chaos has only been exacerbated by the ongoing Derek Fisher standoff, with the union allegedly wanting him to vacate his post as president, and Hunter claiming that Fisher's initial request for a formal review of the union's finances was intended to undermine Hunter's control. Suffice to say, Derek Fisher and BIlly Hunter will not be getting together for dinner anytime soon. While on the surface Hunter does not appear to have done anything illegal, it sure looks like there could be some potential conflicts of interest here.

U.S. Attorney Probes NBPA

Tags: Billy Hunter, Law, NBPA, Sports, Sports Law

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