The NBA quickly responded to the National Basketball Players Association's Tuesday complaint to the National Labor Relations Board alleging that the league's owner were negotiating in bad faith. The NBA, in a brief response released in the hours after the union's complaint went public, refuted the claims made in the NBPA's complaint.
"There is no merit to the charge filed today by the Players Association with the National Labor Relations Board, as we have complied and will continue to comply -- with all of our obligations under the federal labor laws," the NBA said in the statement. "It will not distract us from our efforts to negotiate in good faith a new collective bargaining agreement with the Players Association."
The union also released their NLRB complaint to the media. In it, the NBPA makes a number of accusations, including that the league has threatened players with "draconian" rollbacks if they don't accede to the owners' requests in collective bargaining, and that owners have made direct contact on lockout-related matters to "union employees," with the implication that owners are talking to players outside of structured negotiations.