The Philadelphia 76ers' general manager and president of operations Bryan Colangelo resigned today following revelations that his wife used burner Twitter accounts to trash players and the management of the National Basketball Association team.
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP said evidence supported the conclusion that Colangelo's wife, Barbara Bottini, operated the four accounts it investigated, and she admitted to doing so - though also said she deleted contents of her iPhone with a factory reset of the device prior to surrendering it for forensic review, limiting the investigation.
The Ringer's Ben Detrick reported last week that they believe Colangelo used five different Twitter accounts to take shots at players from the past and present linked to the Sixers such as Embiid, Fultz, and Jahlil Okafor and Nerlens Noel.
"We find the situation to be disappointing for our entire organization", the team added in its statement. He previously worked as the general manager of the Suns and Raptors.
The Twitter accounts criticized star center Joel Embiid for dancing on stage at a Meek Mill concert while he was injured and also called him "a big selfish baby". He was hired by the team in April 2016, succeeding Hinkie in the role. One account said that Mr. Colangelo "has done nothing but clean up Hinkie's mess". "We believe Mr. Colangelo was careless and in some instances reckless in failing to properly safeguard sensitive, non-public, club-related information in communications with individuals outside the 76ers organization".
In what seemed like an eternity after The Ringer story broke, the Sixers have finally parted ways with general manager Bryan Colangelo. Further, the content she shared was filled with inaccuracies and conjecture which in no way represent my own views or opinions. We appreciate Bryan's many contributions during his time leading our basketball operations and thank him for the work he did in positioning the team for long-term success.
"Although I am not directly responsible for the actions, I regret this incident occurred and understand that it has become a distraction for the team". I am saddened to have to leave under these circumstances. I love the game and all those who play and coach it.