Hunter has been under fire since last year's lockout, when multiple agents blasted him for yielding too much ground to the NBA. Then came a scathing independent review that questioned Hunter's ethics and business practices. Not only was his current contract, worth up to $18 million, never formally approved by the union, Hunter awarded various jobs and contracts to family members and friends totaling nearly $5 million. They included a multi-million dollar investment in a failing bank with ties to his son and union gigs for his daughter and daughter-in-law. Hunter fired both in the wake of the report. Hunter was also accused of creating an atmosphere that precluded any direct challenge to his authority. The report was ordered partly on the authority of union president Derek Fisher, who clashed with Hunter throughout the lockout. Yahoo! reported last year that one of Hunter's deputies had long-time union treasurer Pat Garrity removed from a meeting at the 2009 All-Star Game for questioning Hunter's investment in the aforementioned bank. Player agent Arn Tellum responded to the report with a letter to his clients, published in the New York Times, urging they demand Hunter's removal. An excerpt: If I had committed any of Mr. Hunter's transgressions, you would have rightly fired me and hired someone else to protect your interests. Regardless of how you feel toward Mr. Hunter personally, these findings leave no doubt that he put his personal gain above those of the players. Hunter's fate could be decided at the upcoming All-Star Game in Houston, where team representatives — including Matt Bonner, an NBPA vice president — will review the report.
Union reportedly places Billy Hunter on indefinite leave
San Antonio Express-News | Feb 1