Billy Hunter (basketball)

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Billy Hunter
No. 23, 24
Born: (1942-11-05) November 5, 1942 (age 75)
Camden, New Jersey
Career information
Position(s) Wide receiver
College Syracuse
Career history
As player
1965 Washington Redskins
1966 Miami Dolphins
Career stats

George William "Billy" Hunter (born November 5, 1942) is a former executive director of the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA), the players' union of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is also a former American football wide receiver in the National Football League (NFL) for the Washington Redskins and Miami Dolphins. He graduated from Delaware Township High School in Delaware Township (now Cherry Hill Township), New Jersey, and played college football for Syracuse University.[1] While a student-athlete at Syracuse, "he helped organize the school's boycott of Southern schools whose stadiums were segregated."[2]

Following his football career, Hunter attended law school at UC Berkeley School of Law and became an attorney. One of the youngest United States Attorneys in history, he was appointed to serve the Northern District of California, where he prosecuted high-profile federal defendants including members of Hells Angels and the Black Panther Party. Hunter was named the executive director of the NBPA in 1996.[3][4]

Hunter has received criticism for employing many family members within the NBPA. An external audit initiated by Derek Fisher uncovered numerous irregularities, and a select committee of NBA players unanimously ousted Hunter from his position on Feb. 16, 2013, during the All-Star break.[5][6] In May 2013, Hunter sued the NBPA, Fisher and Jamie Wior, Fisher's publicist and business partner, seeking compensation and punitive damages.[7] The suit claimed that Fisher had a secret deal with NBA owners during the 2011 NBA lockout.[8] In January 2014, a judge dismissed all of Hunter's claims against Wior and Fisher,[9][10] and Hunter dropped his subsequent appeal in May.[11] However, the judge also ruled that it was the union's prerogative to fire Hunter, but allowed Hunter's claim that he was still owed $10.5 million to continue.[10]


  1. ^ Billy Hunter player profile Archived 2007-09-30 at the Wayback Machine., database Football. Accessed July 27, 2007.
  2. ^ Wise, Mike. "The Street Fighter Who Galls the N.B.A.", New York Times, August 2, 1998.
  3. ^ Wise, Mike. "The Street Fighter Who Galls the N.B.A.", New York Times, August 2, 1998.
  4. ^ Wojnarowski, Adrian. NBA players’ union leader takes bold stand. Yahoo!Sports. March 21, 2011. Retrieved 2011-3-21.
  5. ^ Associated Press. "Billy Hunter unanimously voted out", ESPN, February 16, 2013
  6. ^ "NBA Players Oust Union Leader," Howard Beck, NYTimes, 16 Feb 2013
  7. ^ Zillgitt, Jeff (May 16, 2013). "Fired Billy Hunter sues NBPA, President Derek Fisher". USA Today. Archived from the original on May 17, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Suit filed against Derek Fisher". Associated Press. May 16, 2013. Archived from the original on May 17, 2013. 
  9. ^ Berger, Ken (January 22, 2014). "Remaining actions against Fisher dropped from Hunter lawsuit". Archived from the original on May 23, 2014. 
  10. ^ a b "Billy Hunter's suit OK'd to continue". Associated Press. January 15, 2014. Archived from the original on January 16, 2014. 
  11. ^ Polzer, Tim (May 21, 2014). "Report: Ex-NBPA director Billy Hunter drops appeal against Derek Fisher". Archived from the original on May 24, 2014.