Former Sixers’ GM breaks his silence on Twitter scandal: “I was absolved”

Jun 24, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers number one overall draft pick Ben Simmons (R) and President of Basketball Operations Bryan Colangelo (M) and number twenty-fourth overall draft pick Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot (L) during an introduction press conference at the Philadelphia College Of Osteopathic Medicine. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Bryan Colangelo’s stint in Philadelphia was brief and gruesome as he was accused of sharing confidential information of the franchise via Twitter ‘burner accounts’.

Colangelo, now a stake owner of the NBL side Illawarra Hawks, talked about the situation that occurred two seasons ago.

“Family, personal, professional, or otherwise. I have to say I was dealt a pretty big blow, personally and professionally. And it’s been a difficult time dealing with the fallout. I was completely blindsided by the accusation and the storyline of the controversy.

Once that investigation was completed and I was absolved, I felt the appropriate thing to do – in conjunction with ownership there in Philly – was to mutually walk away?” Colangelo said on The Sydney Morning Herald, per Fansided.com.

After news on the scandal broke out, the team authorized an independent investigation by a law firm to figure out what happened before ownership made a final decision.

They concluded it was in fact Colangelo’s wife, Barbara Bottini, who was on Twitter revealing team secrets and making fun of current and former players.