KOIN-TV (CBS-Portland, OR): Trail Blazers President Chris McGowan Stepping Down

November 12, 2021

Portland Trail Blazers President and Chief Executive Officer Chris McGowan is stepping down amid the investigation into team General Manager Neil Olshey. Dewayne Hankins, the organization’s former Chief Commercial Officer and Executive Vice President, will take over as President of Business Operations. According to a report from Yahoo Sports, employees said there had been a hostile and toxic work environment, with staffers subjected to “intimidation and profanity-laced tirades.” The team said it has hired a firm, O’Melveny, to conduct a “full, fair and independent review,” but it did not name Olshey. “While we cannot comment on this pending matter, we are committed to continuing to build an organization that positively impacts our colleagues, communities and the world in which we live and play,” the Trail Blazers said in the statement.

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