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Former 76ers GM Bryan Colangelo's Wife Admitted to Running Burner Accounts

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistJune 7, 2018

Philadelphia 76ers President Of Basketball Operations Bryan Colangelo speaks during a news conference in Philadelphia, Friday, June 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
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Barbara Bottini, Bryan Colangelo's wife, admitted she was behind the Twitter accounts that were critical of the Philadelphia 76ers' coaching staff and revealed private medical information about players on the team.

Per Chris Mannix of Yahoo Sports, Bottini admitted to the law firm hired by the 76ers to investigate Colangelo that she established multiple Twitter accounts and operated them.  

On Thursday, 76ers managing partner Josh Harris issued a statement accepting Colangelo's resignation as general manager and president of basketball operations:

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Statement from 76ers Managing Partner Josh Harris: https://t.co/eCmz42FD7P

Colangelo also released a statement on the investigation and explained his decision to resign:

"While I am grateful that the independent investigation conducted by the 76ers has confirmed that I had no knowledge of or involvement in the Twitter activity conducted by my wife, 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.

"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."

Per The Ringer's Ben Detrick, an investigation of five different Twitter accounts linked to Colangelo were used to criticize players and coaches on the Sixers and disclose medical information about Jahlil Okafor before he was traded to the Brooklyn Nets in December. 

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The Sixers announced they were launching an official investigation into the situation. The Did The Sixers Win? Twitter found Bottini's cellphone number matched the last two numbers connected to at least three of the fake accounts. 

Per Philly Voice's Kyle Neubeck, Jerry Colangelo, Bryan's father and a special adviser for the 76ers, tried to save his son's job by "threatening to interfere with club relationships around the league."

The 76ers hired Colangelo as president of basketball operations in April 2016, four days after general manager Sam Hinkie resigned. 

Coming off a 52-30 record and a trip to the Eastern Conference Semifinals, the 76ers are preparing for their most important offseason in years. They will now search for someone who can lead the front office as the rest of the organization prepares for the draft and free agency. 

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