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NBA Union President Curry Accused Of Conflict Of Interest
Published May 19, 2003
NBPA President and Pistons F Michael Curry "has created a conflict of interest by saying he wants to become a team owner after he retires as a basketball player," according to two former labor leaders and an agent cited by BLOOMBERG NEWS' Scott Soshnick. Agent Mark Bartelstein: "Clearly, if someone's future hopes are to be an owner and they're negotiating against the owners there's a conflict there." Former MLBPA Exec Dir Marvin Miller and former NHLPA President Mike Gartner noted that Curry "might be reluctant to oppose NBA commissioner David Stern or league owners because of his desire to join their ranks." Miller: "It's an absolute conflict." But Curry does not see his comments as a conflict and said, "If anything, being the president of the players union gives me the opportunity to get the insights of how the overall business is run. That's why you see guys who are active in the union end up having positions in coaching or management." NBPA Exec Dir Billy Hunter "supports Curry," saying, "One of the things we need is more players having an interest in owning teams." National Sports Law Institute Dir Matt Mitten: "I can see why some would view it as a perceived conflict of interest" (BLOOMBERG NEWS, 5/16).