LeBron James, Chris Paul and James Jones have been served with notices of deposition in Billy Hunter’s lawsuit alleging wrongful termination as executive director of the National Basketball Players Association, according to ESPN’s Ethan Sherwood Strauss. Paul is the current president of the union, while James serves as vice president with Jones as secretary treasurer.
It’s no surprise that three union officers have been called to give depositions on the potential wrongful termination of both their predecessor and director of the union of which they are members. ESPN’s report also indicates that former union president Derek Fisher has also been served. This is nothing more than a matter of procedure, so there’s likely nothing more to read into this.
Hunter is suing the NBPA for $10.5 million and legal fees for compensation he claims he did not receive after he was removed as executive director in 2013 after receiving criticism from many, including Fisher, for nepotism within the union. The California Superior Court has also ordered the NBPA to turn over documents from the investigation that led to Hunter’s ousting from his executive directorship.
Apparently this is not the first time the NBPA has been ordered to turn over documents. Liz Mullen of Sports Business Daily reports that they have also been ordered to pay a fine of $30,550 for previously failing to hand over documents.
Also according to ESPN, more players may receive depositions in advance of a scheduled Nov. 3 hearing, in which the NBPA is expected to appeal the order that they hand over documents.