Derek Fisher is being sued by former NBA players’ association executive director Billy Hunter. The lawsuit alleges that Fisher undermined Hunter and without authority made secret deals with some NBA owners during the 2011 NBA lockout.
Filed Thursday in California Superior Court, the suit seeks unspecified damages for defamation and breach of contract. It also names the National Basketball Players Association and Jamie Wior, Fisher’s publicist, and says Fisher and Wior worked after the lockout ended “to terminate his employment without cause and in violation of his contract.”
Furthermore, Hunter contends that:
The suit says owners were aided by Fisher when they locked out players in July 2011 after the expiration of the last collective bargaining agreement. It says the veteran guard realized he could have been on his last contract as a player, so he wanted to secure a “soft landing” after his career by keeping good relations with the league and team owners, even while Hunter was committed to a firm stance.
“Unbeknownst to Hunter, however, Fisher was secretly negotiating with the Certain Owners – on his own and without any authority – to settle the negotiations on terms less favorable to the players,” the suit says.
This legal battle has crept in the shadows of the bright lights that are currently focused on the ongoing NBA playoffs. Derek Fisher has said that he will be making an official statement at the appropriate time.