A number of current Portland Trail Blazers players were contacted for interviews during the investigation into the toxic, hostile workplace allegations against basketball operations president and CEO Neil Olshey, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Up to this point, the survey focused on past and present employees. O’Melveny & Myers – the firm affiliated with the Trail Blazers to investigate – will ask players about their experiences working with Olshey, sources said.
As the investigation went public late last week, Olshey was at the practice site every week this week among employees who had filed complaints against him, sources said.
There was an internal belief that a verdict on Olshey’s future would be announced on Friday morning when employees received an early-morning email titled “Blazers Business Operations Update,” sources said.
Instead, Chris McGowan, the organization’s president of business operations and CEO since 2012, announced his resignation.
What is Neil Olshey accused of?
Olshey’s overly abrasive behavior was known throughout the organization during his 10-year tenure. There has never been an official complaint filed to human resources until recently, sources said.
Sources said the investigation into Olshey will be completed in a few weeks.
He allegedly subjected staffs to profane-laced diatribes, including former head coach Terry Stotts while Olshey sat on a court during home games that routinely caught players ’attention.
In October 2017, late team owner Paul Allen banned Olshey from watching the game inside the arena bowl after Olshey dumped an individual from the Los Angeles Clippers after Blake Griffin nailed a game-winning 3-pointer, sources said. The event was captured on television.
Within the resignation of Chris McGowan of Trail Blazers
McGowan was just 39 years old when he was hired by the Trail Blazers in October 2012. He accepted the glorious role of understanding the challenges and tasks that come with managing the NBA team’s business sector.
Olshey – who had been hired five months earlier – publicly set limits during McGowan’s introductory press conference.
“Chris has his responsibilities at the Rose Garden and I have mine at the practice [is] important to me, “Olshey said at the time while sharing the news conference table with McGowan.” Knowing someone who appreciates basketball operations but doesn’t think they have a contribution to basketball-related decisions, just as I appreciate the work they do and support. them as much as possible, but I do not come to the Rose Garden to tell. how to put together packages of season tickets. ”
McGowan was unhappy, leading to an exchange of after a news conference between the two executives, sources said.
McGowan informed the Trail Blazers’ ownership group of his decision to retire on Nov. 1, before an independent investigation was launched in Olshey.
McGowan said his decision is irrelevant to the investigation, citing the ability to look for other job opportunities after nine more years with the Trail Blazers.