Report: Paul Pierce Among NBA Stars Involved In Decertification Call
As many as 50 NBA players reportedly took part in a conference call with an anti-trust attorney Thursday to discuss the possibility of union decertification. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce played a major role in the call and led the charge for decertification.
Wojnarowski also cited sources who said that NBA stars Dwyane Wade, Jason Kidd, Blake Griffen, Al Horford, Tyson Chandler, Spencer Hawes, and DeAndre Jordan were involved with the call.
Decertifying would allow the players to file an anti-trust suit against the league, however the repercussions of such an action would likely result in more games being cancelled this season. For the Players Association to decertify it would need to have a petition signed by thirty percent of the union to force a vote. Then, a majority of the union would have to vote to decertify. Earlier this year the NFL Players Association decertified at the beginning of the NFL lockout, resulting in 10-player anti-trust lawsuit against the league. The two sides agreed on a mutually acceptable collective bargaining agreement July 21, and no regular season games were cancelled.