Bryan Colangelo resigned as 76ers president today.
His wife, Barbara Bottini, admitted to operating the burner Twitter accounts at the heart of this scandal.
Jessica Camerato of NBC Sports Philadelphia:
— Jessica Camerato (@JessicaCamerato) June 7, 2018
First of all, the investigation did not confirm Colangelo had no knowledge of or involvement in the Twitter accounts. The investigation merely noted it found no forensic evidence Colangelo had knowledge of or involvement in the Twitter accounts – while noting that became more difficult to find because Bottini executed a factory reset of her phone.
Beyond that, Colangelo spends a lot of time throwing his wife under the bus. It’s as if he’s trying to salvage his career in basketball, which sounds like a huge longshot.
If she didn’t get the inside information from him, where did she get it? Why did Colangelo continue to deny any knowledge of who ran the accounts at least two days after the news initially broke? Did she really not tell him it was her by then?
These will be difficult questions for Colangelo to get past.
I’m certainly sympathetic to spousal arguments stemming from one’s sometimes-clumsy desire to please the other. Well-intentioned ideas can go awry.
But it sure is messy to see it play out publicly.