76ers, Bryan Colangelo part ways after burner account controversy

Tanya Simon
June 7, 2018

The Sixers' search for a new general manager will "commence immediately", Sixers Managing Partner Josh Harris said in the team's statement.

"Recognizing the detrimental impact this matter had on the organization, Colangelo offered his resignation".

"We find this situation to be disappointing for our entire organization", the statement reads.

We are determined to continue the tremendous progress we have made over the last two seasons in our quest to win an NBA Championship. He added that the team, even if it keeps Colangelo, plans to emphasize head coach Brett Brown and newly hired assistant Monty Williams in pitches to free agents. However, that does not mean Philadelphia won't fire its president of basketball operations, and team officials are still mulling his fate, with an announcement expected soon. He previously worked as the general manager of the Suns and Raptors. The law firm hired to investigate the burner accounts that had been tied to Colangelo and his wife, Barbara Bottini, spent several hours talking to the duo on Sunday and Monday, according to the report. "Forensic evidence corroborates her admissions", the law firm said. The accounts always defended Colangelo. John Clark of NBC Sports Philadelphia reported on Wednesday the team believes Colangelo didn't know anything about the accounts. "We will report the results of that investigation as soon as it is concluded". This is following an investigation into multiple "burner" Twitter accounts that revealed private team information and attacked media members.

The Ringer had asked the team about five Twitter accounts it suspected Colangelo was operating.

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When contacted by The Ringer, the 76ers said one of the accounts, which did not tweet, was owned by Colangelo, who used it to keep up with National Basketball Association news.

Some of the tweets took issue with All-Star center Joel Embiid's off-court behavior.

"I don't believe the story. That would just be insane". He ended his tenure as general manager in May 2013 and stepped down as president a month later.

According to The Ringer, one of the Twitter accounts it connected to Colangelo downplayed Hinkie's role in the franchise's turnaround. "He is playing like a toddler having tantrums".

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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