Sportico: NBA GMs Seek Collective Voice As Olshey Faces Trail Blazers Probe

November 23, 2021

The Portland Trail Blazers announced earlier this month that they hired O’Melveny to probe workplace environment concerns made by non-player personnel at the team’s practice facility. The Blazer’s president of basketball operations and general manager, Neil Olshey, is at the center of the investigation due to his suspected use of bullying, intimidation, and “profanity-laced tirades.” O’Melveny’s probe “could conclude that that Olshey engaged in a form of misconduct so bad as to empower Trail Blazers owner Jody Allen to fire him ‘with cause.’” The investigation has prompted NBA executives to accelerate the formation of a labor association that would provide NBA GMs with access to “legal defense funds, lawyer referrals and public relations professionals.”

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