In a statement on Wednesday afternoon, the 76ers announced that Bryan Colangelo is out in Philadelphia. Colangelo has resigned from the position of President of Basketball Operations. This comes two years after former Sixers President Sam Hinkie resigned, feeling that Bryan’s father Jerry Colangelo marginalized him.
This separation of Colangelo and the Sixers has been heavily expected since last Tuesday, when the Ringer’s Ben Detrick suggested that the Sixers’ President had created “burner” twitter accounts. The common belief was that Colangelo did this to anonymously vent his frustrations about his team and receive more credit. However, Bryan Colangelo has vehemently denied that he knew anything about the use of burner accounts.
So What Really Happened?
The Philadelphia 76ers conducted an investigation on the situation, in which Colangelo’s wife Barbara Bottini admitted that she was the one who opened and operated four burner accounts. Only one of the accounts was still in use when Detrick published the story.
These tweets include ripping Sixers players such as superstar center Joel Embiid and 2017 number one pick Markelle Fultz. Bottini further used the accounts to praise Colangelo for the jobs he had done with the Tornoto Raptors and Phoenix Suns as well as to tarnish Sam Hinkie in order to make her husband receive more credit than he was getting.
Reports suggest that Jerry Colangelo allegedly threatened to “ruin the Sixers” if they fired Bryan. Now that Bryan Colangelo has resigned, the focus moves to whether Jerry will stay with the organization.
The extremely odd situation has ended with Bryan Colangelo resigning from his position. Even though he was not operating the accounts.
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