UPDATE (4:18 p.m.): Bryan Colangelo released a statement following his resignation as Philadelphia 76ers president of basketball operations and the news that his wife was behind the burner Twitter accounts.
“I vigorously dispute the allegation that my conduct was in any way reckless” Colangelo said in a statement, via ESPN. “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. 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.
“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. Therefore, the organization and I have mutually agreed to part ways.”
UPDATE (12:12 p.m. ET): It appears Colangelo’s wife, Barbara, was behind the accounts.
Original Story: Bryan Colangelo now has plenty of time to surf the web and get the latest gossip on Twitter.
Colangelo and the Philadelphia 76ers agreed Thursday to part ways, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported, also indicating Colangelo’s exit will be described as a “resignation.”
With the NBA draft two weeks from Thursday, head coach Brett Brown will handle basketball operations duties in the interim, per Wojnarowski.
To say this is an unceremonious end of Colangelo’s run as president of basketball operations would be an understatement. And, reading between the lines, this decision probably stemmed more from the 76ers than it did from Colangelo, who was at the center of a piece two weeks ago on The Ringer that suspected the 53-year-old of having multiple Twitter burner accounts to defend himself and also put down members of the Sixers organization, including center Joel Embiid.
Oddly, however, the move comes a day after an NBC Sports Philadelphia report that indicated the Sixers believed Colangelo when he said he had no knowledge of the accounts. Whether that means Colangelo’s wife was behind the account — as some began to suspect — remains to be seen.
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