By Bill Carey
January 17, 2013

An independent report filed Thursday questioned whether Billy Hunter should remain the National Basketball Players Association's executive director and said Hunter "displayed poor judgment" and "paid little attention to the appearance of impropriety" but did not "engage in criminal acts involving embezzlement or theft of Union funds."

The release of the report by the law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP followed an earlier story by Yahoo! Sports writer Adrian Wojnarowski that reported that Hunter's five-year, $15 million contract was never approved by a vote of the NBA player representatives in 2010.

The independent report was commissioned to investigate "allegations of nepotism, conflicts of interest and the potential misuse of union funds."

The investigators found that "the evidence does not show that Mr. Hunter embezzled or stole money from the NBPA" (via the Twitter feed of's Ken Berger). However, the report also found that Hunter's actions in some instances were "inconsistent with his fiduciary obligations."



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