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Hunter Dismisses Family Members From NBPA Roles Two Weeks After Critical Report
Published January 30, 2013
LETTER FOR LETTER: In N.Y., Howard Beck reports Wasserman Media Group Vice Chair and NBA player agent Arn Tellem is “calling for the ouster” of Hunter, a step Tellem is “urging his clients to take" during the annual players meeting at NBA All-Star Weekend. Tellem “outlined his position in a 1,500-word letter sent to his players Monday night.” Tellem in the letter “blasts Hunter’s record” as the union's leader and “accuses him of using the union for personal gain.” Tellem wrote, “NBA players deserve better representation from the union they fund. I implore you and your fellow players to take control of your union and your future. It’s time for Mr. Hunter to go.” Beck notes Tellem is the “first major agent to call for Hunter’s dismissal,” and Tellem's "influence is considerable.” Tellem “seems likely to find significant support for the stand he is taking, given the intense disdain for Hunter that several other major agents share with Tellem.” WMG represents "about 50 current players, about 12 percent of the union’s membership, more than any other agency" (N.Y. TIMES, 1/30).