Philadelphia 76ers executive could lose job over ‘burnergate’ scandal, report says

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Philadelphia 76ers executive Bryan Colangelo could finish up losing his job more than the social media scandal that the basketball planet had been fixated on earlier this week.

The organization’s investigation of Colangelo is anticipated to finish up in the coming days and league sources told the Philadelphia Inquirer on Thursday they count on him to shed his job.

The 76ers launched its investigation right after The Ringer published a report linking Colangelo to 5 Twitter accounts that have been taking shots at 76ers stars Joel Embiid and Markelle Fultz, former basic manager Sam Hinkie, Toronto Raptors executive Masai Ujiri and former 76ers players Jahlil Okafor and Nerlens Noel.

Colangelo, who is the team’s president of basketball operations, confirmed that at least 1 of the accounts was his.

The 52-year-old told Yahoo Sports that he believes there’s a person “out to get him.”

In spite of vehement denials from Colangelo, 76ers ownership is nevertheless reportedly fuming more than the incident and are embarrassed.

Colangelo has discussed with management the possibility that his wife, Barbara Bottini, may possibly have owned the accounts in query, league sources told ESPN.

Twitter sleuths linked Bottini to at least 3 of the accounts since she had a telephone quantity ending in the identical digits as the quantity tied to the handles, according to Sports Illustrated.

Ownership’s principal worry is that the Colangelo scandal has hurt his credibility inside and outdoors the franchise and could have an effect on totally free agency when LeBron James and Paul George are anticipated to hit the industry, ESPN reported.

Colangelo is a two-time Executive of the Year Award winner and has served as a prime executive in NBA front offices with 3 various teams – the Phoenix Suns, Raptors and 76ers.

Ryan Gaydos is an editor for Fox News. Comply with him on Twitter @RyanGaydos.