"The Sixers ownership is struggling to separate Colangelo from his wife, if she indeed posted those remarks". The Ringer released a lengthy investigative piece last Tuesday linking Colangelo to five anonymous accounts, four of which tweeted out a variety of information about the team, including negative assessments of its players.
The resignation came after a NY law firm hired by the team wrapped up its investigation into allegations from a sports and pop culture website, The Ringer, that Colangelo was connected to anonymous Twitter accounts that revealed sensitive team information and criticized players and coach Brett Brown.
Could Colangelo maintain his position long-term?
Recognizing the detrimental impact this matter had on the organization, Colangelo offered his resignation. As such, we have appointed head coach Brett Brown to oversee basketball operations on an interim basis to lead our efforts in this important offseason.
The Sixers' search for a new general manager will "commence immediately", Sixers Managing Partner Josh Harris said in the team's statement. The Twitter usernames that were investigated were Eric jr, Still Balling, Enoughunkownsources, and HonestAbe.
One problem with Colangelo's denials were that those tweets aligned with some of the frustrations and beliefs voiced inside the organization. Colangelo became embroiled in controversy after several secret Twitter accounts were tied to both him and his wife. His wife, Barbara Bottini, also has been connected to the accounts.
During its investigation, the firm said Bottini admitted to operating the accounts. "Forensic evidence corroborates her admissions", the statement continues.
Colangelo has discussed with management the possibility that his wife may have owned the accounts in question, league sources told ESPN.
"We do not believe Mr. Colangelo established the Twitter accounts or posted content on those accounts".