Bryan Colangelo Quits 76ers Wife Fesses Up to Burner Accounts
6/7/2018 9:03 AM PDT
The method is over for Bryan Colangelo … the Philadelphia 76ers president of basketball operations has resigned after an investigation revealed his WIFE was behind a number of Twitter accounts that had trashed 76ers gamers and leaked non-public data.
However there is a main twist … investigators say Bryan’s spouse tried to delete and conceal key items of information on her cellphone earlier than turning it over to be examined.
“The Philadelphia 76ers group has accepted the resignation of President of Basketball Operations Bryan Colangelo, efficient instantly,” the crew mentioned in an announcement.
Colangelo has been in sizzling water ever since The Ringer printed a narrative connecting him to a number of Twitter accounts that had trashed numerous 76ers gamers — together with Joel Embiid, Markelle Fultz and former gamers Nerlens Noel and Jahlil Okafor.
The 76ers employed the agency Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP to examine — and the outcomes confirmed Bryan’s spouse was the offender.
“We don’t imagine that Mr. Colangelo established the Twitter accounts or posted content material on these accounts,” the agency mentioned in an announcement.
“The proof helps the conclusion that Ms. Barbara Bottini, Mr. Colangelo’s spouse, established the Twitter accounts and posted content material on these accounts. When interviewed, Ms. Bottini admitted establishing and working the accounts. Forensic proof corroborates her admissions.”
Because of the investigation, the crew mentioned, “It has change into clear Bryan’s relationship with our crew and his skill to lead the 76ers shifting ahead has been compromised.”
However get this … investigators say Colangelo’s spouse IMPEDED the investigation by deleting the contents of her iPhone prior to surrendering the machine for forensic assessment.
Nonetheless, Bryan will not be innocent, in accordance to investigators … “Our investigation revealed substantial proof that Mr. Colangelo was the supply of delicate, personal, club-related data contained in sure posts to the Twitter accounts.”
“We imagine that Mr. Colangelo was careless and in some situations reckless in failing to correctly safeguard delicate, personal, club-related data in communications with people exterior the 76ers group.”
The group says the search to substitute Bryan begins now …