Trail Blazers fire GM Neil Olshey following investigation
The Portland Trail Blazers have fired general manager and president of basketball operations Neil Olshey following the team's independent investigation related to Olshey's workplace conduct.
Team employees have alleged that Olshey created a toxic work environment with foul language and intimidation tactics, creating mental and physical health issues for the workers.
The team released a statement Friday, Dec. 3, announcing the termination of Olshey, who has led the organization for nine years.
"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 and President of Basketball Operations Neil Olshey, effective immediately due to violations of the Portland Trail Blazers' Code of Conduct," the statement reads.
The statement goes on to say that the team won't release the findings of the investigation "out of respect" for those who spoke candidly about their experience with Olshey.
Joe Cronin, currently the Blazers' director of player personnel, is being promoted to interim general manager while the team begins a search for Olshey's replacement.
The announcement comes less than a month after Blazers President and CEO Chris McGowan stepped down from his position on Nov. 12. Dewayne Haskins is currently serving in the interim.
Coming into the 2021-2022 season, the Blazers hoped for a renewed push toward becoming a title contender with Olshey bringing in a new head coach in Chauncey Billups and a shake up in the team's bench players.
So far, the Blazers are 11-12 after falling to the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday with Damian Lillard currently resting an abdominal injury.
The Blazers next game is at 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 4 at the Moda Center against the Boston Celtics.
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