Bryan Colangelo resigns from the 76ers
Bryan Colangelo resigned from the Philadelphia 76ers after the conclusion of a private investigation, where his wife admitted to running multiple burner twitter accounts.
Eight days ago, news broke that multiple 76er twitter accounts tied back to Colangelo. The accounts disclosed information on Markelle Fultz’s injury. Some tweets criticized players such as Joel Embiid, Jahlil Okafor, and Nerlens Noel. Other tweets took shots at former Sixers GM Sam Hinkie and Toronto Raptors President Masai Ujiri. As soon as the news broke ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, reported that he spoke with Embiid who was assured by Colangelo that he did not say those things.
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) June 7, 2018
The good and bad from the twitter accounts
Throughout this chaos, the Sixers extended head coach Brett Brown’s contract for 3 more years. In addition to Brown’s extension, Philadelphia hired Monty Williams as the lead assistant coach. From May 29 to now the Sixers ownership has been very vocal about getting to the bottom of this issue. Prior to the start of the investigation, Colangelo took the time to reach out to players to let them know that he had nothing to do with the burner accounts. Six days ago ESPN’s Zach Lowe reported that the 76ers investigation would focus on Colangelo and his wife Barbara Bottini. The report also pointed out the possibility of a potential firing.
Three days ago the Sixers hired Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP to conduct a private investigation into the scandal. The investigators met with Colangelo and Bottini for multiple hours on Sunday and Monday. Sources would later report that 76ers ownership met Tuesday night to decide the fate of the GM. After the investigation concluded reports surfaced that Bottini was responsible for creating and facilitating the fake twitter accounts. Colangelo has continued to plead his innocence about the matter. However, the information couldn’t have just landed in his wife’s hands.
Law firm Philly hired says they connected the burner accounts to Bryan Colangelo’s wife, Barbara, and that in interviews she admitted to establishing and operating the accounts.
— Chris Mannix (@ChrisMannixYS) June 7, 2018
Protect the process at all cost
Philadelphia ownership made the right move. Although we do not know exactly what happened this is a breach of trust. Even if Bottini leaked the information it’s still the responsibility of Colangelo. Some of the tweets uncovered medical information and updates on players. Regardless of how the information was released this is poor management with sensitive information. The information that was released exposed the organization as a whole from the coaches, trainers and upper management. Colangelo would release a statement today after the news of his resignation broke.
In a press release, Bryan Colangelo denies sharing sensitive information with his wife pic.twitter.com/ZZ0BM2GctR
— Derek Bodner (@DerekBodnerNBA) June 7, 2018
Firing Colangelo, excuse me deciding to part ways will help renew the organizations hope for free agency and uplift the current moral amongst the players. By making this move it shows the players that management cares. This decision also demonstrates that the organization is run off of integrity and upstanding principals. The Sixers reported today that Brown will take over as the interim GM for the team. Providing Brown with this role will benefit the Sixers because the players believe and trust in him.
Monty Williams back in a familiar place
Also, the transition for this temporary role will be smooth for the Sixers coach because of the addition of Williams. Williams has plenty of experience as a coach in the NBA. The former player has the respect and influence that can help this team land a big name free agent. The former 76er has recently served as an associate head coach for the Oklahoma City Thunder (2015-2016) and head coach for the New Orleans Hornets/Pelicans. (2010-2015). With the 46-year-old assistant coach on board, the team will further improve on the defensive end of the floor.
Parting ways with Colangelo was necessary in order to protect the credibility of the franchise. If there is one lesson from this it should be to stay away from burner twitter accounts.
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Featured photo; Angel Shirin via Flickr.