Well, here we are.
It’s been over a week since The Ringer published their exposé uncovering five Twitter accounts that Philadelphia 76ers’ GM Bryan Colangelo, his wife or son had allegedly been tweeting from under false names.
The story, which is extremely detailed and appears to have been very well researched, links the five accounts to each other and shows some tweets that appear to have sensitive health information about some of the Sixers’ former and current players.
The accounts also followed several Philly media pundits, in order to combat their takes, especially if they were in any way critical of Colangelo or his moves.
Overall, the accusations raised by the piece were serious enough to send the team (and Philadelphia sports Twitter) into a tailspin.
The Sixers hired a law firm to investigate the claims, going with the same firm that handled a 2013 investigation into former executive Billy Hunter’s special business dealings.
As time has gone on over the past week, a few Twitter “investigators” seemed to have stumbled upon new possible links and evidence, apparently connecting Colangelo’s wife to the burner accounts via phone numbers.
Those findings have been confirmed by the fact that Colangelo and his wife were reportedly interviewed separately for several hours during the investigation, according to ESPN.
Apparently, the investigation has reached the point where Sixers’ ownership met in New York on Tuesday to discuss options on how to proceed if Colangelo were fired, according to ESPN reports.
One of those alleged scenarios would allow the Sixers’ current assistant general managers to handle front office duties throughout the draft and free agency while coach Brett Brown would serve as the team’s face and representative throughout each stage.
Presumably, if the team were to make the obvious move and rid themselves of this mess and Colangelo, they would begin searching for a new general manager after the critical points of the off season have passed.
However, as time continues to pass, there is a growing fear in myself and many other Sixers’ fans that the team may and try to keep the embattled roster builder.
I have some news for the team: IT’S TIME TO MOVE ON.
This incident, whether all the details are true are not, has been embarrassing enough to cast a cloud over the organization and create a sense of doubt and trust within the team and any free agents thinking about coming to Philadelphia.
Of course, Colangelo deserves due process. If he’s proven innocent, however unlikely that is, then he deserves to keep his job.
However, it seems that there is NO WAY Colangelo was blind to these tweets. Having any knowledge of the situation is just as damning as hitting the “Tweet” button himself.
In what could be the most critical off season in Sixers’ franchise history, with a chance to land F LeBron James or G/F Paul George or F Kawhi Leonard among other options, the team needs to wipe the slate clean and let Brett Brown and other trusted executives lead them through the next few weeks before selecting a new, fresh decision maker at the top of the organization.
Sixers’ fans and players have trusted the process thus far. The hope is that Sixers’ ownership does not ruin said trust.