76ers part ways with Bryan Colangelo after Twitter mess

Ross Houston
June 7, 2018

76ers managing partner Josh Harris released a statement after accepting Colangelo's resignation.

Recognizing the detrimental impact this matter had on the organization, Colangelo offered his resignation.

Colangelo is a two-time Executive of the Year Award victor and has served as a top executive in National Basketball Association front offices with three different teams - the Phoenix Suns, Toronto Raptors and 76ers.

"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", Colangelo said in a statement.

"The Sixers ownership is struggling to separate Colangelo from his wife, if she indeed posted those remarks", Wojnarowski said.

In the end, the damage appeared too great.

"I talked to him, and he said that he didn't say that", Embiid told ESPN. Others claimed former center Nerlens Noel was a problem in the locker room and that Jahlil Okafor's injury issues may have scuttled a trade to the Pelicans. Other tweets alluded to sensitive information about events leading to Markelle Fultz's freaky season-long shooting yips.

Colangelo's tenure ends after just more than two years.

It has become clear Bryan's relationship with our team and his ability to lead the 76ers moving forward has been compromised. According to Kyle Neubeck of Philly Voice, Jerry tried to protect his son during this fiasco by threatening to undermine the team's relationships in the National Basketball Association.

It's a mixed tenure that met an unexpected end. However, that does not mean Philadelphia won't fire its president of basketball operations, and team officials are still mulling his fate, with an announcement expected soon. One of the Twitter accounts in question took shots at Raptors president Masai Ujiri.

Colangelo resigned Thursday morning as a result, after The Ringer first had connected the accounts to him.

Things remained quiet through the weekend.

The main theme after Thursday's news, however, was a combination of relief and jubilation that the team got rid of a GM no one - from fans to players to free agents - could trust anymore.

On Wednesday, NBC Sports Philadelphia reported the Sixers believed Colangelo had no knowledge of the social media accounts. He was hired by the team in April 2016, succeeding Hinkie in the role. The search for a new General Manager will commence immediately.

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