NBA Players Union Hires Michele Roberts As 1st Female Executive Director


The NBA Players Association has made history. The NBPA has been without an executive director since Billy Hunter was fired in February of 2013. For the first time in history, a woman will head of a major professional league union.

Michele Roberts, a prominent Washington civil litigator, as its executive director. Roberts, an attorney with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. Roberts won over the players with a strong background as a civil criminal litigator and an unblemished character. She’ll be replacing the deposed Billy Hunter, whose tenure was marked with labor negotiation failures, corruption and ethical entanglements.