The Philadelphia 76ers have “parted ways” with President of Basketball Operations Bryan Colangelo following a Twitter controversy last weekend, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
Philadelphia and Bryan Colangelo have agreed to part ways, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 7, 2018
In the wake of the twitter burner account probe, Bryan Colangelo's departure in Philadelphia is expected to be described as a resignation, league source tells ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 7, 2018
The now-former Sixers executive made headlines last Friday when multiple “burner” Twitter accounts were attributed to him, some of which criticized players, media, and former executives of the franchise. “Burner” was a term first applied to cheap, disposable cell phones used to conduct business (often shady). The owner would purchase the burner phone, use it for a time, then discard it to preserve anonymity, keeping their personal phone line active and separate. The Twitter equivalent is holding a public, main account to present an official face to the world, then creating anonymous accounts to say things you wouldn’t say officially. It’s considered unethical for people in power, carrying privileged information, to do so. It’s also a terrible public relations move.
Wojnarowski reports that Head Coach Brett Brown will fill in for Colangelo temporarily.
Sixers coach Brett Brown will oversee basketball operations on an interim basis.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 7, 2018
With the 2018 NBA Draft just weeks away, Brown’s influence could have an out-sized affect on Philadelphia’s future.
Colangelo had served with the 76ers since April of 2016.