Bryan Colangelo has had a rough couple of weeks. I’m sure if you asked him, he’d say the front office is running like a fine-tuned machine. But from the outside it looks like chaos. Thinking about it, I’m still not sure we’ve ever written about him as accurately as we did when he was hired, in a post titled “Reports: Nepotism to Replace Sam Hinkie as Sixers GM.” And today I learned that post is a source on the Wikipedia page for Nepotism:
Around 30 family members or relatives of President Ulysses S. Grant prospered financially in some way from either government appointments or employment.
John F. Kennedy made his brother-in-law, Sargent Shriver, the first director of the Peace Corps and his brother, Robert F. Kennedy, Attorney General.
Nepotism is also practiced in the NBA, as Philadelphia 76ers chairman of basketball operations Jerry Colangelo named his son Bryan Colangelo his general manager without a thorough search for the position.
On 9 January 2017, then-president-elect Donald Trump appointed his son-in-law Jared Kushner as a senior adviser to the president, raising both ethical questions and legal questions about whether this appointment will conflict with a 1967 federal anti-nepotism law.
Before you think it’s one of those quick edits that will be removed – like when someone updates the Mets’ page to say they’re owned by Chase Utley – the Colangelos have been on the page since May, a month after the post used as a source went up. My post:
So I think that means it’s part of the certifiable, historical record. There are five instances of nepotism in U.S. history. There’s Ulysses Grant, JFK, the District of Columbia and Northern Virginia’s Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, Donald Trump… and the Colangelos. The Mount Rushmore of guys who wanna put their friends on Mount Rushmore.
Kyle: And no, neither of us edited the page. Though it would’ve been a smart marketing tactic and I kind of wish I could say we had.
H/T to reader Thomas