Less than two weeks after his hiring practices were criticized, executive director Billy Hunter has fired his daughter and daughter-in-law from the NBA players’ association, according to a Jan. 29 Yahoo! Sports report.
Hunter reportedly sent a letter dated Jan. 23 to the union's special committee of players, informing them that Robyn Hunter was to be let go as of Jan. 25 and that Megan Inaba as of Feb. 17. “Hopefully this decision will alleviate any concerns raised by their employment,” Hunter wrote in his letter. “These measures are being taken although the report noted that both of them were highly qualified, not overpaid, and were contributing members of the NBPA staff.” Hunter also confirmed in the letter that the association was severing ties with Prim Capital, the banking firm where his son Todd is employed.
According to Yahoo! Sports, the letter was first reported by Bloomberg News.
Hunter’s hiring practices were criticized for conflicts of interest after a review by the firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP indicated that Hunter's hiring of family and friends had “damaged the union.”
“The appearance of favoritism has damaged the union. Mr. Hunter's pattern of involving friends and family in union business contributed to a deep rift among the NBPA staff,” the report said, adding that Hunter's hiring practices “created the appearance that he operated the union in part for the benefit of his family and friends.”
Hunter has been in an executive role at the union since 1996. No evidence of criminal activity was found during the review.
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