According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, with Billy Hunter leading the charge, the NBA Players Association Executive Committee has called for the resignation of union president Derek Fisher.
At the urging of executive director Billy Hunter, the National Basketball Players Association’s executive committee has voted to seek the resignation of union president Derek Fisher, sources told Yahoo! Sports.
Fisher has flatly refused to step down and has been working to gather a coalition of players to challenge Hunter’s business and financial practices, sources told Yahoo! Sports. Fisher has told peers he will not resign, but rather fight Hunter for further transparency regarding the NBPA.
This showdown has been building for months and escalated in the past week when Fisher initially convinced the executive committee to vote for an independent auditor to look into Hunter’s regime.
Nevertheless, Hunter helped to convince the eight members of the committee to change course and turn on Fisher. Hunter has been unpopular with many players and agents for his lockout strategies, which led to unprecedented givebacks in last summer’s labor battle with the league.
During the lockout there were numerous reports of a battle within the union between Hunter and Fisher though the two publicly denied it all. So this has been brewing for a bit. Awesome distraction right now for Fisher though heading to the playoffs.
Fisher has more than two years left on his appointment as union president while Hunter has more than three left on his contract.