Surprising news about the NBA filing both a federal lawsuit and an unfair labor practice charge against the players' union included an even more shocking tidbit. The NBA is also suing Jimmer Fredette. The NBA's class-action claim listed the former BYU star — and to-be Sacramento Kings rookie — as a defendant along with National Basketball Players Association representatives and executive committee members. Golden State rookie Charles Jenkins, the 44th pick of the 2011 NBA Draft, was also listed in the lawsuit with Fredette, USA Today's Jeff Zillgitt first reported on Twitter. Other NBA players listed include Chris Paul, Derek Fisher and Amar'e Stoudemire. Jazz Basketball Investors, Inc., is listed as one of the suit's plaintiffs. The NBA filed the claims this morning, a day after the first negotiations between owners and players in a month failed to bring the sides closer to finding common ground on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. The NBA's unfair labor practice claim with the National Labor Relations Board counters one previously filed by the NBPA and asserts that the players association "has failed to bargain in good faith by virtue of its unlawful threats to commence a sham 'decertification' and an antitrust lawsuit challenging the NBA's lockout," according to a league statement.
NBA sues Jimmer Fredette along with players' union
The Deseret News | Aug 3