Portland announced the decision in a statement posted to Twitter. The franchise reaffirmed its commitment in building a positive environment.
“Following the conclusion of the independent review of concerns and complaints around our workplace environment at the practice facility, the Portland Trail Blazers organization has decided to terminate general manager Neil Olshey, effective immediately due to violations of the Portland Trail Blazers’ Code of Conduct,” el equipo dijo. “Out of respect for those who candidly participated in that privileged investigation, we will not release or discuss it. We are confident that these changes will help build a more positive and respectful work environment.”
Portland launched its investigation into Olshey last month after concerns arose regarding “workplace environment by non-player personnel at the practice facility.”
Yahoo Deportes reported Olshey had allegedly created a toxic work environment and was accused of bullying and intimidating staff.
The report suggested at the time that Olshey’s future could be in jeopardy. One of the issues reportedly stemmed from the alleged “mishandling of the situation” when video coordinator Zach Cooper died in April 2020.
Joe Cronin was promoted to interim general manager while leadership started its search for a new GM.
Portland has gone through a bunch of turnover in the last few months. Portland and Terry Stotts parted ways after the 2020-21 season and the organization hired Chauncey Billups, which was controversial at the time over past sexual assault allegations.
Chris McGowan stepped down from his position as Trail Blazers CEO last month too.