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What do you get when you lead a poorly-organized NBA Players Association labor dispute directly responsible for a quarter of the regular season to be cancelled, a poorly-organized schedule leading to lower quality of play and higher rate of serious injury to key players, an abbreviated playoff schedule, and the most hated team in the NBA since the “Bad Boys” Detroit Pistons winning the the championship, all of which comes immediately after one of the most successful NBA seasons since the Jordan/Magic-Bird eras? Apparently, a $600,000 raise.
According to labor documents filed by the NBPA, union head Billy Hunter was paid (I would say “earned,” but in the interest of being truthful…) $3 million from July 1, 2011, to June 30, 2012, $600,000 more than Hunter earned in the previous year. The pay raise came either before, during, or immediately after the lockout that shortened/ruined the 2011-2012 NBA season.
And that’s without even mentioning that Hunter is still under investigation for hiring and investment practices after giving NBAPA management positions to two of his daughters and trying to invest $7 to $9 million with an investment bank his son was on the board of directors of.
You can say whatever you want about NBA commissioner David Stern (and I welcome you to do so; the guy is a scumbag). But let’s shine the light a little brighter on Billy Hunter, who has somehow skated by mostly-unscathed in the post-lockout NBA despite this laundry list of evidence as to why he is actually the greasiest one of all.
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