“Following the conclusion of the independent review of concerns and complaints regarding our work environment at the training facility, the Portland Trail Blazers organization has decided to terminate General Manager and President of Basketball Operations Neil Olshey, with immediate effect due to violations of the Portland Trail Blazers “Code of Conduct,” the team said in a statement. “Out of respect for those who frankly participated in this privileged survey, we will not publish or discuss it. We are convinced that these changes will help create a more positive and respectful work environment. “
Joe Cronin will serve as interim general manager while the Trail Blazers search for a permanent replacement, the team said.
The Trail Blazers announced earlier this month that law firm O’Melveny & Myers was conducting an independent investigation into “concerns about the work environment for non-playing staff at the training facility.”
Olshey had created a hostile work environment, with instances of bullying and intimidation, according to a Yahoo Sports report at the time.
Olshey, 56, had been a member of the Trail Blazers front office since 2012, when he took over as managing director after nine years with the LA Clippers organization. He added the title of president of basketball operations in 2015.