The president of the Philadelphia 76ers just ‘resigned’ over a massive Twitter scandal


By no means tweet. At the very least not from a burner account.

Final week, The Ringer revealed an intensive report on the suspicious connections between Philadelphia 76ers president of basketball operations and basic supervisor Bryan Colangelo and 5 burner accounts on Twitter that despatched out quite a few tweets criticizing different NBA executives, the habits of present and former Sixers gamers, and leaking privileged medical details about mentioned gamers. The tweets despatched shockwaves via the NBA.

At present Colangelo resigned from his positions with the 76ers.

The scandal positioned Colangelo — a member of what’s broadly thought of the first household of the NBA, alongside his father Jerry Colangelo, the former proprietor of the Phoenix Suns and director of USA Basketball — in the center of the greatest scandal to hit the NBA in years. Amongst different targets, the tweets despatched by these burner accounts criticized 76ers franchise participant Joel Embiid, the group’s first spherical draft decide Markelle Fultz, former participant Jahlil Okafor, and fellow GMs round the league.

Though Colangelo denied having management of 4 of these accounts — he admitted to proudly owning one of the extra innocuous accounts that didn’t tweet delicate info — the Philadelphia 76ers possession group promptly introduced it was opening an impartial investigation into the matter.

Whereas a few essential tweets could appear innocuous to some, for the Sixers, they threaten to break the upcoming offseason of a group with a first rate likelihood to land NBA famous person LeBron James, signal different key free brokers like Paul George, and hold their younger nucleus of proficient gamers completely satisfied as they proceed to pursue an NBA championship. The chief of basketball operations not having the ability to hold group secrets and techniques in-house would solely dampen the enchantment of the Sixers free of charge brokers searching for a new group, irrespective of how younger or proficient the group is.

At present the Sixers’ homeowners launched the outcomes of the investigation: the legislation agency Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP mentioned that whereas it decided Colangelo was the supply of the info leaked in the tweets, he didn’t run the 4 burner accounts — Barbara Bottini, Colangelo’s spouse, did.

“The proof helps the conclusion that Ms. Barbara Bottini, Mr. Colangelo’s spouse, established the Twitter accounts and posted content material on these accounts,” the legislation agency mentioned in a assertion. “When interviewed, Ms. Bottini admitted establishing and working the accounts. Forensic proof corroborates her admissions.”

The assertion went on to level out that Bottini was not cooperative with the investigation, as she executed a manufacturing facility reset on her iPhone in an try and delete proof earlier than delivering her system for overview. “Our investigation was restricted and impeded by sure actions taken by Ms. Bottini, together with her resolution to delete the contents of her iPhone by executing a manufacturing facility reset of the system previous to surrendering it for forensic overview,” the assertion mentioned.

Following the Sixers’ announcement of Colangelo’s “resignation,” the longtime govt wasted no time in releasing his personal assertion wherein he promptly hung his spouse out to dry, denying that he engaged in any reckless conduct. “Whereas I’m grateful that the impartial investigation carried out by the 76ers has confirmed that I had no information of or involvement in the Twitter exercise carried out by my spouse, I vigorously dispute the allegation that my conduct was in any means reckless,” Colangelo mentioned. “At no level did I ever purposefully or immediately share any delicate, personal, club-related info together with her.”

Colangelo continued (burning down every part in his wake), “Her actions have been a critically misguided effort to publicly defend and assist me, and whereas I acknowledge how inappropriate these actions have been, she acted independently and with out my information or consent. Additional, the content material she shared was full of inaccuracies and conjecture which on no account characterize my very own views or opinions.”

In the span of lower than 10 days, Colangelo went from a universally revered, two-time NBA govt of the 12 months, to an unemployable man who took no accountability for his errors, threw his spouse below the bus, after which backed over her in an try and clear his identify — an unattainable feat to perform on the day you get fired resign after leaking delicate info. All as a result of of some tweets.



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