Trail Blazers fire GM Neil Olshey after toxic workplace investigation

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The Portland Trail Blazers on Friday fired president of basketball operations and general manager Neil Olshey after an investigation into allegations he fostered a toxic workplace.

Portland announced the decision in a statement posted to Twitter. The franchise reaffirmed its commitment in building a positive environment.

Neil Olshey, president of basketball operations of the Portland Trail Blazers, looks on during game against the Sacramento Kings on Oct. 20, 2021 in Portland, Oregon. 
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General Manager for the Portland Trail Blazers Neil Olshey looks on before the game against the San Antonio Spurs on Nov. 11, 2015 at the Moda Center Arena in Portland, Oregon.  
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Yahoo Sports 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.

Chauncey Billups is introduced as the new head coach of the Portland Trail Blazers by Portland Trail Blazer General Manager Neil Olshey at the team’s at the team’s practice facility in Portland, Oregon.
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Chris McGowan stepped down from his position as Trail Blazers CEO last month too.

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