Report: Sixers GM Bryan Colangelo Admits To Team That His Wife Was Behind Burner Accounts, Still Expected To Be Fired

Earlier this week, The Ringer unleashed a bombshell report that showed that either Bryan Colangelo or someone close to him used burner Twitter accounts to anonymously bash Sixers players and former team executive Sam Hinkie.

Internet detectives quickly determined that the accounts probably belonged to Colangelo’s wife, Barbara Bottini.

It appears that Colangelo has finally admitted to the team that his wife was behind the accounts but that’s probably not good enough for him to keep his job.

Via Yahoo Sports

Colangelo, a two-time past NBA Executive of the Year, has discussed with ownership and upper management the possibility that his wife, Barbara Bottini, may have been involved in the postings of the tweets from so-called burner accounts, league sources said.

So far, Philadelphia ownership has shown little, if any, inclination to separate Colangelo’s culpability in the matter should a family member or close associate be proven responsible for the postings, league sources said.

While many of Colangelo’s staff with the Sixers are bracing for his dismissal, some are still holding on to hope that he can somehow survive this firestorm with this job, sources say.

The Philadelphia Inguirer spoke with several players and league sources and every one believes that Colangelo will not be able to keep his job.


Numerous players and league sources suggested in the last two days that it will be difficult for Colangelo to keep his position with the Sixers as a result of the report.

“The only way that he’ll get out of it is if he comes with evidence that somebody set him up,” said a league executive, speaking on condition of anonymity. “If it is out there where they can’t prove either way, I don’t think he’ll keep his job. And if there’s involvement with a family member, it doesn’t look like he has a chance either.”

Tough break for Colangelo but there’s zero chance the team keep him especially when they have an opportunity to sign LeBron in the offseason.

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