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76ers part ways with GM following Twitter investigation

10 June, 2018, 23:23 | Author: Tommie Newton
  • Bryan Colangelo speaking to reporters

The resignation comes in the wake of an investigation into Colangelo's connection to multiple anonymous Twitter accounts used to criticize current and former Sixers players and team executives following an investigation by The Ringer.

The decision to fire Colangelo - "accepted the resignation", the Sixers' statement said - was announced on Thursday after an internal investigation.

Philadelphia also released a statement of findings from law firm Paul, Weiss, which said, "As a result of our investigation, we do not believe that Mr. Colangelo established the Twitter accounts or posted content on those accounts".

Coach Brett Brown will take over basketball operations while the Sixers find their next general manager.

"Her actions were a seriously misguided effort to defend and support me", he wrote.

Thursday, May 31: NBC Sports Philadelphia meets Colangelo at the airport, and the network reported that Colangelo "stands by his [previous] statement" and is "fully unaware of anything" regarding the Twitter accounts.

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".

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Latest reports by Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN have suggested that Colangelo's future with the team could be decided as soon as today.

PHILADELPHIA-It seems things are back to normal at the 76ers practice facility, at least for now.

Colangelo took over the 76ers in 2016 after the team parted ways with former GM Sam Hinkie. Bottini, though, admitted to creating and posting from the accounts, an admission that was corroborated by forensic evidence, the firm said.

With the National Basketball Association draft just two weeks away and free agency coming next month, Philadelphia needs to address who will be it's general manager quite quickly.

Colangelo, a two-time NBA Executive of the Year, denied knowledge of four of the five Twitter accounts.

"Although I am not directly responsible for the actions, I regret this incident occurred and understand that it has become a distraction for the team". "I am grateful to team owners Josh Harris and David Blitzer for the opportunity they gave me to be part of such a great organization". The Sixers won 52 games and finished third in the Eastern Conference this past season, losing in the second round of the playoffs to the Boston Celtics.



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