NBA players recently voted by a 24-0 count to have union head Billy Hunter fired, who is in the middle of his 17th season at his position. Hunter may take legal action, as he claims he didn’t receive a fair hearing and is looking to be paid the $10.5 million remaining on his contract. Lebron James was at the forefront calling for Hunter to be fired, suprisingly, as James has played very minimal roles in union issues throughout his career.
Via the NY Daily News:
“To his credit, LeBron asked a lot of questions concerning Hunter’s legal problems,” said one person who was briefed by several players on the meeting. “But really, everyone’s minds were made up before the meeting.
“LeBron stayed longer than he needed to. He called for Billy’s firing. But so did Jerry Stackhouse and Andre Iguodala and several other players. LeBron was very good talking about the need for players to do more with the union and to have more representation.”
Hunter claimed after the meeting, which he was not invited to attend, that he has not been given a fair hearing to defend himself. Nonetheless, players voted 24-0 to fire him, but he is considering legal action to get the remaining $10.5 million on his contract. The legality of the contract, which was for five years at $15 million, is one of several key issues hounding Hunter, 70, who was in his 17th season as union chief.