A 76ers fan account posted evidence showing that Bottini's personal phone number had the same last two digits as numbers linked to three of the Twitter accounts, and Wojnarowski reported that investigators hired by the team interviewed Colangelo and Bottini "separately for several hours Sunday and Monday".
The decision comes days after an explosive report from The Ringer that appeared to link Colangelo to five anonymous accounts, four of which discussed sensitive player and team information and criticized players, coaches, and executives.
Much of the speculation about who might have been behind the accounts has centered on Colangelo's wife, Barbara Bottini. 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. "Forensic evidence corroborates her admissions", the law firm said. This is following an investigation into multiple "burner" Twitter accounts that revealed private team information and attacked media members. It said that Ms. Bottini had admitted as much to investigators.
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Brett Brown, the Sixers' head coach, will be the interim head of basketball operations, according to ESPN. The accounts mention top 76ers draft picks Markelle Fultz and Joel Embiid as well as former Philadelphia players Jahlil Okafor and Nerlens Noel, among others. 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.
Colangelo acknowledged using one of the Twitter handles reported by The Ringer, @phila1234567, but never tweeted from that account. The Philly big said in a tweet last week: "I don't believe the story".
Colangelo was hired as president of basketball operations for Philadelphia in April 2016. The anonymous accounts were critical of Mr. Hinkie's tenure.