NBA Top Shot CEO’s decadent lifestyle, ‘public shaming’ led to toxic culture as Dapper flails

  • Mar 02, 2023 at 5:40 am
  • Dapper Labs, the company behind the NBA Top Shot collectibles platform, has been facing a wave of criticism in recent weeks after a series of reports shed light on the company’s toxic workplace culture. The reports, which include accounts of CEO Roham Gharegozlou’s extravagant lifestyle and allegations of public shaming of employees, paint a picture of a company in crisis.

    NBA Top Shot is a blockchain-based platform that allows users to buy, sell, and trade digital collectibles featuring NBA highlights. The platform has exploded in popularity in recent months, with some collectibles selling for hundreds of thousands of dollars.

    CEO’s Decadent Lifestyle

    According to a report in Vice, Dapper Labs CEO Roham Gharegozlou has a reputation for living an extravagant lifestyle. The report alleges that Gharegozlou spent over $10,000 on a single meal at a Michelin-starred restaurant, and that he regularly travels on private jets.

    The report also claims that Gharegozlou spent over $600,000 on a luxury condo in Vancouver, and that he has a collection of high-end watches worth over $100,000.

    Public Shaming

    In addition to the reports of Gharegozlou’s lifestyle, several former Dapper Labs employees have come forward with allegations of public shaming and other forms of workplace misconduct.

    One former employee, who spoke to Vice on the condition of anonymity, described a toxic culture at the company, saying that “there was a lot of public shaming, and you were always afraid you were going to be the next one to be called out.”

    Another former employee, who also spoke to Vice on the condition of anonymity, described a culture of fear at the company, saying that “people were afraid to speak up.”

    Dapper Labs Responds

    In response to the allegations, Dapper Labs released a statement saying that the company is “committed to creating a safe and inclusive workplace for all employees.”

    The statement goes on to say that the company has implemented a number of changes to improve the workplace culture, including the appointment of a new chief people officer, the creation of a diversity and inclusion task force, and the implementation of new training programs.

    However, some former employees are skeptical of the company’s response. One former employee, who spoke to Vice, said that “there’s been a lot of lip service, but not a lot of actual action.”


    The allegations of workplace misconduct at Dapper Labs are a troubling reminder of the importance of workplace culture. While NBA Top Shot has been a huge success, it is clear that the company has some serious issues to address if it wants to continue to thrive.

    As the company works to improve its workplace culture, it will be important for it to listen to the voices of its employees and take their concerns seriously. Only by creating a truly safe and inclusive workplace can Dapper Labs hope to build a sustainable business that will continue to succeed in the long term.