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76ers possibly firing Bryan Colangelo over burner Twitter accounts

Colangelo has discussed with ownership the plausibility that his wife, Barbara Bottini, may have posted the tweets from the burner accounts, which would actually further exacerbate the debacle.


Kahron Spearman


The Philadelphia 76ers internal probe into burner Twitter accounts have become more focused on the wife of the president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo. Sixers ownership is reportedly considering Colangelo's firing, according to ESPN.

 

A final decision hasn't been determined, but Sixers ownership are reportedly embarrassed and angered from the fallout stemming from a report by The Ringer that correlated Twitter accounts with various remarks that contained both inside information on the Sixers and caustic comments about Sixers players, including Joel Embiid.

I talked to him, and he said that he didn't say that. He called me just to deny the story. Gotta believe him until proven otherwise. If true though, that would be really bad.

Joel Embid
Center, Philadelphia 76ers

Per league sources, Colangelo has discussed with ownership the plausibility that his wife, Barbara Bottini, may have posted the tweets from the burner accounts, which would actually further exacerbate the debacle.

(Who allows their significant other to take the fall for what's happening your own job? Also, the accounts - including the one he admits he used - simultaneously went dark when the call was made from the Ringer to the Sixers front office.)

 

It's thought that Sixers ownership worries that Colangelo's credibility inside and outside the organization could be too severely damaged,  ahead of the crucial free-agency period during which the team plans to pursue LeBron James and Paul George.

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