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Trail Blazers fire Neil Olshey after an investigation

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher 

The Portland Trail Blazers have fired President of Basketball Operations and GM Neil Olshey on Friday. His departure comes following an investigation into their Code of Conduct. 

“The Portland Trail Blazers are committed to building an organization that positively impacts our colleagues, communities, and the world in which we live and play,” the team’s statement said. “Following the conclusion of the independent review of concerns and complaints around our workplace environment at the practice facility, the Portland Trail Blazers organization has decided to terminate General Manager and President of Basketball Operations Neil Olshey, effective immediately due to violations of the Portland Trail Blazers’ Code of Conduct. 

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“Out of respect for those who candidly participated in that privileged investigation, we will not release or discuss it. We are confident that these changes will help build a more positive and respectful working environment.”

Joe Cronin will serve as the team’s interim GM. A search has begun to find Olshey’s replacement. 

Yahoo Sports previously reported that Olshey had created a hostile work environment. The Trail Blazers hired law firm O’Melveny & Myers to oversee an independent investigation into the allegations.

Olshey had worked for the Trail Blazers for nearly a decade, as he was hired as the team’s GM in 2012. He was promoted to their President of Basketball Operations in 2015. 

The team has had upheaval in their front office in the last month. Former President and CEO Chris McGowan stepped down in November.

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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