Time for Billy Hunter to go?
Arn Tellem, one of the N.B.A.’s most powerful player agents, is calling for the ouster of the union chief Billy Hunter, a step he is urging his clients to take next month during the annual player meeting at the league’s All-Star weekend in Houston.
“N.B.A. players deserve better representation from the union they fund,” Tellem writes in the letter. “I implore you and your fellow players to take control of your union and your future. It’s time for Mr. Hunter to go.” Tellem suggests that players should make that decision when the players association holds its annual All-Star meeting on the weekend of Feb. 15-17. That is also when the players will discuss the recent audit, by the law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. Representatives of the firm are expected to present the findings and answer questions.
In his letter, Tellem suggests that Hunter should not be allowed to attend that meeting in order to prevent him from any attempt “to intimidate and manipulate.” Tellem writes: “Hunter is betting that the players — historically passive —will let him slide. I hope you don’t. Clearly, Hunter has violated your trust.”
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