Report: Ex-NBPA director Billy Hunter drops appeal against Derek Fisher

Wednesday May 21st, 2014

Derek Fisher (right) was among NBPA members who voted executive director Billy Hunter out of office. (Patrick McDermott/Getty Images) Derek Fisher (right) and NBPA members voted Billy Hunter out as executive director in 2013 (Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

Former NBPA executive director Billy Hunter has dropped his appeal of a failed civil lawsuit against Derek Fisher and Jamie Wior, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reports.

The NBA players union voted unanimously to remove Hunter in February, 2013 after Fisher, then NBPA president, supported an internal investigation of Hunter. The report, conducted by the Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison law firm, called into question Hunter's contract, possible misuse of NBPA funds and potential conflicts of interest -- including a number of Hunter’s family members --  on the NBPA’s payroll.

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Hunter subsequently filed suit against Fisher and his former business manager, Wior, who was hired by the NBPA after Hunter's termination. A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge dismissed most of Hunter's civil claims in January. Hunter has another case pending against the NBPA.

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