Talk about a role reversal.
Trail Blazers owner Jody Allen recently released a statement saying she’s focused on winning, not selling the team. It almost sounded like a message to Portland star Damian Lillard, who reportedly wants to figure out the team’s direction before signing a massive contract extension.
But, according to a new report, Allen isn’t talking directly to Lillard:
Via New York Post:
“Sources told The Post, there is growing disarray behind the scenes. A highly placed team staffer alleged that Jody’s “toxic behavior” — dating back to allegations of harassing bodyguards and violating US import laws — has spilled over into the management of the team.
She has also refused to talk to Blazers star player Damian Lillard, who reportedly has had issues with the way the team is being run, the team source claimed.
“Damian wanted to sit down and have a conversation with Jody about the team and she didn’t return his call. Then he tried to email her. Eventually she just never responded and put him in touch with Bert,” the source alleged. “When you own a team, there are critical key decisions to make and you should be the one involved in making the decisions.”
A lot to unpack here https://t.co/fFYFWjgkj3
— Sean Highkin (@highkin) July 7, 2022
Jody Allen inherited the Trail Blazers from her brother, Paul Allen. It wouldn’t be too surprising if she’s not interested in conducting day-to-day basketball-operations duties.
Maybe she’s not on Dame time…
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