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Sixers part ways with Bryan Colangelo following Twitter burner accounts

Barbara Bottini admitted to establishing and operating the accounts, and a subsequent investigation by a law firm located evidence to corroborating her admission.


Kahron Spearman


Philadelphia 76ers president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo resigned after his wife, Barbara Bottini, admitted to operating Twitter accounts that criticized team members and propped up Colangelo, the team announced Thursday.

 

Sixers coach Brett Brown will oversee basketball operations in the interim.

 

Bottini admitted to establishing and operating the accounts, and a subsequent investigation by law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP located evidence to corroborating her admission.

I vigorously dispute the allegation that my conduct was in any way reckless. At no point did I ever purposefully or directly share any sensitive, non-public, club-related information with her.

"Her actions were a seriously misguided effort to publicly defend and support me, and while I recognize how inappropriate these actions were, she acted independently and without my knowledge or consent," Colangelo said. "Further, the content she shared was filled with inaccuracies and conjecture which in no way represent my own views or opinions. While this was obviously a mistake, we are a family and we will work through this together."

 

In a statement, the Sixers stated "become clear Bryan's relationship with our team and his ability to lead the 76ers moving forward has been compromised." 

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