Philadelphia 76ers president, Bryan Colangelo, has reportedly resigned amid allegations that he used burner accounts on Twitter to criticize players and coaches.
Several weeks ago a report from The Ringer suggested that Colangelo controlled multiple anonymous Twitter accounts that bashed current and former players on his team. The team hired the law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison to investigate the claims. The firm revealed Thursday that it was Colangelo’s wife, Barbara Bottini, who created and posted on the accounts.
Paul Weiss noted that the investigation was limited because Bottini deleted the contents of her iPhone by using a factory reset before turning over the phone.
The 76ers released a statement commenting on the results of the investigation.
“It has become clear Bryan’s relationship with our team, and his ability to lead the 76ers moving forward has been compromised,” the Sixers said in a statement.
Colangelo defended himself in a statement, disputing that his actions were at all reckless.
“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.”
He added that his wife’s actions “were a seriously misguided effort to publicly defend and support me.”
The Sixers said that head coach Brett Brown would take over Colangelo’s duties until a new general manager can be hired.