Within minutes, Lillard sent a text to Chris McGowan, the team’s president and CEO, telling him he didn’t like the tweet. When McGowan asked why, Dame said that while he understood the intent, the issue was that Quarterman’s life had just been uprooted.
“He came at it from a real personal level,” McGowan says. “That’s the level of detail that you get from him. It was protection. That’s the epitome of him.”