Bryan Colangelo Resigns From 76ers After Wife Admits to Online Trolling
Team investigation found "forensic evidence" Barbara Bottini was behind Twitter burner accounts.
The Process, or at least Bryan Colangelo’s role in it, is over.
Following a team investigation into his alleged use of burner Twitter accounts to criticize his own players and make himself look good, Colangelo resigned from his position of president of basketball operations with the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday.
Colangelo stepped down after a law firm found “forensic evidence” that the accounts in question were established and operated by Colangelo’s wife, Barbara Bottini. And she admitted it.
“It has become clear Bryan’s relationship with our team and his ability to lead the 76ers moving forward has been compromised,” the team said in a statement. “Recognizing the detrimental impact this matter had on the organization, Colangelo offered his resignation. We find the situation to be disappointing for our entire organization.”
The New York-based law firm that the Sixers hired to investigate Colangelo, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, was unable to conclude Colangelo had knowledge of the Twitter accounts, but they did find “substantial evidence” Colangelo “was the source of sensitive, non-public, club- related information contained in certain posts.”
Though the investigation was impeded by Bottini, who deleted the contents of her iPhone with a factory reset, the investigators nonetheless concluded Colangelo “was careless and in some instances reckless in failing to properly safeguard sensitive information.”
In a statement of his own, Colangelo called his wife’s actions “seriously misguided” and said he “vigorously disputes” that his conduct was in “any way reckless.”
The two-time NBA Executive of the Year also said their family will work through this together.
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