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NBA Players: We're Suing the League as players reject owners' offer, putting season in further jeopardy

Billy Hunter and the NBA reject the NBA's offer, serve a notice of disclaimer and will file an antitrust suit against the NBA. (AP photo)

 

NBA players have rejected the owners' latest contract offer, their union announced Monday afternoon.

Players Association chief Billy Hunter said the union has served a notice of disclaimer of interest to commissioner David Stern and will file an antitrust suit against the league.

Billy Hunter and the NBA reject the NBA's offer, serve a notice of disclaimer and will file an antitrust suit against the NBA. (AP photo)

“We’ve arrived at the conclusion that the collective-bargaining process has completely broken down. We’ve delivered a disclaimer of interest to the league,” Hunter said.

“We've negotiated in good faith for over two years,” he added. “The players just felt that they've given enough.”

The disclaimer of interest means that the NBPA will cease to function as a union. Instead, it will act as a trade association, a move that allows players to take legal action against the league.

Hunter said that disclaiming interest is a more expeditious process than decertification, which requires a vote of the membership. The players, represented by attorneys Jeffrey Kessler and David Boies—who represented the NFL during the players' lawsuit against that league last summer—will file suit against the league in a matter of days.

Union president Derek Fisher said the decision to take this step was unanimous among the dozens of players, with all 30 teams represented, who were at Monday’s meeting in New York. Fisher added that the players have been asked not to speak about the situation since it is now a legal matter.

The legal maneuver makes the prospect of a 2011-12 season even more dim.

But when asked if a season is still possible, Hunter responded, “If a settlement is reached with the lawyers leading the charge anything is possible. I guess the NBA could open the doors ... and let the players play.”

 

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Comment by Bruce Llewellyn Alleyne on November 15, 2011 at 7:41am

I love the game.....but we can't allow the owners to control our moves....that time has passed the shackles are off...we that are looking in got to see the big picture here.

 

 

Comment by KIM C JOHNSON on November 14, 2011 at 10:35pm
Those players are spoiled brats. I wish I got so much money for driving my bus. All they do is bounce a ball and throw it into a net. Their not out there making the business of their sport run. Their greedy and unfortunately the fans that pay most of their salary loose out.
Comment by julianne benjamin on November 14, 2011 at 8:49pm
Ok can't wait for de game to started play back

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