The Portland Trail Blazers are no longer doing business with the private investigator they hired to vet Head Coach Chauncey Billups after his Twitter feed was found to contain pornographic, anti-transgender, and other questionable material. The Twitter account of David Hallman, President and Owner of Adler Group, was changed to protected yesterday.
Sophie Peel of Willamette Week published a story this afternoon detailing the nature of Hallman’s tweets. She also quoted Ashley Clinkscale, Senior Vice President of Communications, Community, & Diversity for the Blazers, who said that the organization will no longer do business with Adler Group.
When WW asked the Trail Blazers today about the pornographic images, franchise spokesperson Ashley Clinkscale tells WW that the organization is now aware of the posts and will no longer be using Hallman’s services. She did not say whether Hallman was the primary investigator for the Billups inquiry.
“Though the Trail Blazers have used the Adler Group for the past 11 years, we were recently made aware of inappropriate content on the personal twitter page of the principal of the Adler Group. The content of the twitter page is completely unacceptable and is counter to what we stand for as an organization. As a result, we will no longer be using their services,” Clinkscale tells WW.
Clinkscale was the team’s Public Relationship representative at Billups’ introductory press conference.
Neither the article nor the Blazers stated that the Blazers and Adler Group were parting ways because of any flaw in the investigation.