Sixers exec Bryan Colangelo resigns after investigation into Twitter accounts

It all comes down to this for Bryan Colangelo

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A week ago, Philadelphia 76ers general manager Bryan Colangelo was suspended by the team after reports emerged accusing him of using burner Twitter accounts to criticize Sixers players Joel Embiid and Markelle Fultz, as well as other National Basketball Association figures.

A story in The Ringer suggested that Colangelo controlled multiple anonymous Twitter accounts that trash-talked current and former players on his team.

The Sixers hired the NY law firm Paul, Weiss to investigate the case.

"It is clear Bryan's relationship with our team and his ability to lead the 76ers moving forward has been compromised", Harris said. "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. One of the accounts also tweeted about rookie Markelle Fultz's trainer putting him through shooting drills that only someone with access to the Sixers facility would know about.

If Colangelo is fired by the Sixes, it will end his time with the team after just over two years in the job.

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The 76ers hired Colangelo as president of basketball operations in April 2016, four days after general manager Sam Hinkie resigned.

Colangelo repeatedly denied any knowledge of the Twitter accounts.

The Sixers announced they were launching an official investigation into the situation.

On Wednesday, NBC Sports Philadelphia reported the Sixers believed Colangelo had no knowledge of the social media accounts.

On Friday, reported the team's investigation was poised to end, while ESPN reported the Sixers were "seriously considering Colangelo's dismissal". They reportedly will hold a press conference Thursday afternoon to make the announcement. However, that does not mean Philadelphia won't fire its president of basketball operations, and team officials are still mulling his fate, with an announcement expected soon.

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