Las Vegas, NE, United States (4E Sports) – Washington D.C. attorney Michele Roberts was voted to succeed Billy Hunter as executive director of the NBPA.
This makes her the first ever woman to lead a major sport union in North America, according to ESPN.
Roberts had 32 votes which came from NBPA executive committee members and team player representatives.
Chris Paul, curent NBPA president, admires Roberts’ calm approach and new ideas for the union.
“Even though she’s a female, she’s very relatable to a lot of our players. I think that’s what really hit home for not only myself but some of these other guys as well,” Paul added.
Roberts was elected despite a number of attempts by players and agents to delay the vote.
The D.C. public defender needed 26 of 39 votes, but got six votes more than the required number.
Roberts plans to assemble a management team to run the union to discuss matters towards a new collective bargaining agreement.
She also aims to address problems that will arise along the way.
“It’s going to be a team that’s going to empower them to be able to do their business as they decide,” Roberts said.
She believes it will be not be an individual effort, instead everything will be accomplished as a group.
“It’s not a one-person, Superman, ‘I’ve got this.’ It’s going to be a team.”