Nepotism A Concern In NBA Players' Union Power Struggle

The NBA players' union's mess, pitting player against player, continues to unfold. One of the concerns National Basketball Players Association president Derek Fisher has with executive director Billy Hunter's leadership of the union is perceived nepotism, according to Sam Amick of SI.com. Fisher, who has been asked to resign by the other eight members of the executive committee, has sought an independent audit and business review of Hunter's leadership.

Spurring that drive is the belief that Hunter has hired employees based more on their bloodlines than their talent. Amick reports that Hunter's daughter and daughter-in-law are both on the NBPA payroll, earning a combined $250,000 over the 2010-11 fiscal year, according to documents filed with the U.S. Department of Labor. The union also contracted with firms -- an investment firm and a law firm -- who employ Hunter's son and another daughter.

Hunter has said that audits of the union have turned up no concerns in the past.

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