Philadelphia 76ers and Bryan Colangelo Part Ways

Heather Diaz
June 8, 2018

Bryan Colangelo resigned as president of basketball operations for the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday after a weird Twitter mess involving multiple burner accounts - several of which were found to belong to his wife - used to criticize former and current players, among other things.

The Philadelphia 76ers organization has accepted the resignation of President of Basketball Operations Bryan Colangelo, effective immediately.

The tweets included defenses of Colangelo's job performance and disparaging comments about his predecessor with the Sixers, Sam Hinkie, and his successor as president of the Toronto Raptors, Masai Ujiri.

Sixers co-owner Josh Harris was asked about Colangelo's statement during his Thursday afternoon news conference with coach Brett Brown, and Harris ceded to the statement by Paul/Weiss. "At no point did I ever purposefully or directly share any sensitive, non-public, club-related information with her", his statement reads. He said "we are a family and we will work through this together" but noted he was sad to leave in such a way.

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A general manager being cast off in a disrespectful fashion only to return to lead that same team to a championship sounds like a weak movie plot. Colangelo was at the center of of an investigation into anonymous Twitter accounts that have reportedly been linked to him.

Colangelo also denied that the tweets - which were critical of players such as star Joel Embiid and rookie Markelle Fultz - represented his viewpoint.

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In his own statement confirming his departure, Colangelo apologized for his wife's missteps, while still, distancing himself from involvement.

Yahoo!'s Chris Mannix reports that the law firm hired by the Sixers to look into the accounts were able to connect the accounts to Bottini, who admitted to running them during an interview. "He called me just to deny the story".

Colangelo leaving the team is what had to happen.

Colangelo worked in the Suns' front office beginning in 1991 and took over as general manager in 1995, serving in that regard until 2006.

Colangelo resigned Thursday morning as a result, after The Ringer first had connected the accounts to him.

And when his wife used those details to criticize his own players or rival colleagues, Colangelo and the Philadelphia 76ers knew he could no longer remain their top basketball executive.

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