NBPA Sends Memo Against Derek Fisher
The NBPA President Derek Fisher was exposed and his reckless behavior and the way he abused his power since the end of the lockout are now made public thanks to a Memo the Executive Committee of the NBPA sent to the players’ representatives. ESPN got a copy of this memo from an unknown source that is said to be somewhat close to the representative of a certain player.
Apparently, not only did Fisher failed shamelessly to take part in the executive committee conference calls, but he also failed to appear on the union’s behalf, openly refusing to cooperate with Billy Hunter, the Executive Director of the Committee, since the beginning of this year. Following these disreputable actions the memo therefore announced the succession of recent actions and events that will support its decision, asking for the resignation of Derek Fisher.
The executive committee was understandingly growing increasingly concerned with Fisher’s lack of integrity over these last few months until finally the differences between Fisher and the other eight members became a priority; last week Fisher had an independent audit of the Union’s financial practices, this without talking the matter with the other members and getting their permission, and without a committee vote.
In the Memo it says that Fisher refused point blank to take part in a conference call last Tuesday that in fact had been organized by the committee for Fisher himself, together with the committee members and Hunter, where they were to discuss Fisher’s concern and future. Instead Fisher simultaneously attended another conference call with a law firm while trying to persuade the members of the committee to join him and to leave their own call.
James Jones accepted Fisher’s call, the only one to do so. Fisher considered that hunter’s main reason as wanting an independent audit was fueled by favoritism, nothing more. Following this Hunter was summoned to answer some questions to the committee, mostly regarding Fisher’s fears of Tuesday’s conference call. Once the committee felt satisfied with Hunter’s clarifications, they decided to vote and the result came 8-0 asking for the resignation of Fisher; Fisher refused point blank to resign from his position.
The other members of the executive committee, excluding Fisher, are: Chris Paul, James Jones, Theo Ratliff, Matt Bonner, Etan Thomas, Roger Mason, Maurice Evans and Keyon Dooling. Various publications have written stories regarding Hunters leadership, questioning his motivations and his hiring practices. There is nothing illegal that actually took place; the reports nevertheless studied Hunter’s reasons for hiring law firms that his family members employ as well as the members of the NBA Players Association.
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