Jody Allen reportedly refused to meet with star point guard Damian Lillard despite the six-time All-Star’s discontent with how the team was being run, per the New York Post, who reported she deferred him to Blazers vice-chair Bert Kolde.
“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 told the New York Post.
“When you own a team, there are critical key decisions to make and you should be the one involved in making the decisions.”
Paul Allen owned the Seattle Seahawks and Portland Trail Blazers until his death in 2018. His estate, which included both teams, is now being overseen by his sister Jody.
Allen, who also oversees the Seattle Seahawks, said neither team she owns is for sale at this time.
Allen also comes under fire in the story for allegedly smuggling animal bones out of Africa and Antarctica, as well as sexually harassing multiple members of her security personnel.
As for Lillard, he’s reportedly been unhappy in Portland before as Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reported the following on June 27, 2021:
“The enormous backlash from the Portland Trail Blazers’ process to hire a new coach and his concerns on whether a championship contender can be built have become factors that may push the franchise player—Damian Lillard—out the door, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
“Lillard has remained loyal to Portland in large part due to the tremendous fan base. But over the last few days, he’s seen some of those same fans attacking him on social media for a pending coaching hire he played no part in consummating, sources said.”
Lillard had been averaging 24.0 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 7.3 assists in 29 games before he was shut down for the year.