The fallout from the Bryan Colangelo burner account scandal may end up having an impact on the Boston Celtics front office.
The independent review by a law firm did not determine that Colangelo operated or was even aware of Twitter accounts that anonymously trashed some of his own players and fellow executives, and defended him against criticism from fans and the sports media.
The law firm concluded that Colangelo's wife, Barbara Bottini, was behind the burner Twitter accounts and was the one who posted the information. "It has become clear Bryan's relationship with our team and his ability to lead the 76ers moving forward has been compromised", 76ers managing partner Josh Harris said in a statement. However, the investigation said it had found no evidence of Colangelo's involvement.
Among other things, the tweets indicated Colangelo's frustrations with center Joel Embiid, former players Jahlil Okafor and Nerlens Noel, while also taking shots at his previous employer, the Toronto Raptors. "We believe that Mr. Colangelo was careless and in some instances reckless in failing to properly safeguard sensitive, non-public, club-related information in communications with individuals outside the 76ers organization", the firm said.
The decision, which Wojnarowski on Thursday said would be announced as a resignation, comes days after an explosive report from The Ringer that appeared to link Colangelo to five anonymous Twitter accounts, four of which discussed sensitive player and team information and criticized players, coaches, and executives.
While the Twitter account acknowledged by Colangelo was only used to follow or monitor other users on the site, the four other accounts were used to post messages. There was no definitive proof linking Colangelo to the others; however, when The Ringer contacted the 76ers about two of the accounts, it intentionally did not mention the other three.
In the days after the initial report, internet sleuths found evidence suggesting the accounts were linked to Bottini.