Sixers fans can finally take a sigh of relief after hearing now-former GM, Bryan Colangelo, is parting ways with the Philadelphia Sixers after the Twitter scandal. Colangelo’s Twitter accounts contained confidential information within the organization that related to past and current players. Here are my three takeaways from this investigation.
1. Bryan Colangelo’s wife, Barbara Bottini, was liable for the other remaining Twitter accounts
According to a statement by a New York firm, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, it came to the conclusion that “the evidence supports the conclusion that Ms. Barbara Bottini, Mr. Colangelo’s wife, established the Twitter accounts and posted content on those accounts” after the prolong Twitter investigation.
After admitting that she was responsible for the accounts, Bryan Colangelo’s statement expressed that “[at] no point did I ever purposefully or directly share any sensitive, non-public, club-related information with her.” While Bottini was defending her husband’s decisions on Twitter, her actions ultimately led to his resignation as a Sixers GM.
Although Bottini created the accounts, Colangelo neglected his confidentiality and released club related topics on social media.
2. Jerry Colangelo had no part in this Twitter scandal to help his son keep his job
The Special Advisor of the Sixers, Jerry Colangelo, was accused of threatening to interfere with team officials around the league to protect Bryan and his job. People on Twitter took the longevity of the investigation as they didn’t want to fire Bryan Colangelo on his birthday- which was June 1st- since that’ll be too harsh for anyone to deal with. That wasn’t the case. The press conference yesterday afternoon, managing partner Josh Harris, declining the false reports about the threat and stated that “Jerry was not involved with the process in any way” in this investigation. Harris even gave him a heads up during the investigation about the process and Jerry Colangelo was respectful about it.
As Bryan Colangelo is no longer a GM for the Sixers, it won’t take too long to find himself a job in the NBA with the credibility of his father and him. Despite the trustworthiness he lost, he can most likely find himself an executive job somewhere.
3. Sam Hinkie might be in the conversation of becoming the next GM
Once the press conference was over with on Thursday, the ownership group began their search to find the new President of Basketball Operations but can go back to the founder of the four-year process, Sam Hinkie. Josh Harris, co-owner of the Sixers was asked about bringing back Sam Hinkie, and he did not deny that. He indirectly stated that “We’re going to do our best to find the absolute best GM and moving forward the absolute best leader of this basketball organization” for the Sixers to win a championship.
Sam Hinkie resigned back in 2016 when the team went 10-72 in the regular season. But after working his magic to get five lottery picks that led to having players like Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, and Markelle Fultz. The front office might reconsider his return to the Wells Fargo Center to see his team win a championship after a 35-year drought.
Written by Jake Hall