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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Pistons fire Matt Dobek, three executives

The Detroit Pistons organization has fired longtime public relations director Matt Dobek along with sales executives John Kapral and John Dierkes and executive assistant Julie Telly.

Dobek was hired by former Palace president Tom Wilson, who now works for Ilitch Holdings. Kapral, Dierkes and Telly were all hired by former Pistons executive John Ciszewski, who is also now with Ilitch Holdings. Combined the four had more than 100 years of experience with the Pistons organization.

Published reports say Dobek was told he was being fired for breaking a confidentiality agreement he signed years ago. He was forced to turn in his company BlackBerry and car, and was told he would get no severance package.

It's an unexpected shakeup in the Pistons front office as the organization continues to restructure after the passing of owner William Davidson and move towards a possible sale. It has to be uncertain times over at The Palace and this likely won't be the last of the front office shakeups in Auburn Hills.