Last night, readers and/or moderators at RealGM.com discovered a Disqus commenter account, which goes by the name Jacob Reuben, with a pattern of posting that matches that of Eric Jr. and the assorted other handles believed to have been run at least in part by Bryan Colangelo’s wife. That account has been active over the last year, posting in a very similar fashion to what we saw on Twitter. Another account, which went dormant just as Jacob came online, posted with the same vigor and goes by the same name contained in the Twitter handle of Eric Jr., Al Vic.
Disqus is a comment platform which spans many websites, including Real GM, The Sixers Sense, and Philly.com.
We believe both of these accounts to be associated with Bryan Colangelo’s wife, Barbara Bottini, a woman of Italian descent with an unshakable bedrock of Christian faith.
Why? The Twitter and commenter accounts (henceforth known as “the Accounts”) share the same general posting pattern as defined by: vigorous defense of Bryan Colangelo, near-hatred of Sam Hinkie, disdain for Nerlens Noel, contempt for Jahlil Okafor, disgust with Joel Embiid, hostility towards Markelle Fultz and those around him, distrust of Brett Brown, vitriol towards the Raptors’ front office, spirituality, odd grammatical errors, and occasional lapses into the Romance languages.
The Accounts were most active around the same time Tweets from Eric Jr. vehemently defended Colangelo last February, though some comments from Reuben came as recently as last week. I spent an inordinate amount of time reading all of them last night over multiple glasses of Jefferson’s Ocean Wheated Bourbon – which is truly breathtaking – and at no point did I doubt that the accounts were associated with the Twitter accounts believed to belong to Colangelo or his wife.
Perhaps more interesting than the existence of the comments themselves is the specific apparent detail given for recent Sixers events, representing at least one side of the story in several key, pivotal moments. So without further ado, let’s meet Jacob Reuben.
Hinkie botched and concealed Okafor’s bad knee
Apparently about Tim Leiweke– former CEO of the Maple Leafs and AEG, the LA-based sports and entertainment company
The decision (!!!)
Throwing serious shade at Joel Embiid
Very specific details about Jahlil Okafor’s knee situation
And a few from Al Vic:
Findyoselfawoman who will defend your good name across the webternets like Bryan Colangelo’s wife.
I’m beginning to feel bad for Colangelo here. This is looking more and more like a wife who is unable to deal with criticism of her husband. I admire that. I believe intentions were in the right place.
Of course, if it is his wife, that doesn’t absolve Colangelo of wrongdoing here. He had to know about the existence of these accounts, as evidenced by the fact that three of them shut down the day The Ringer contacted the Sixers, and the sharing of private details is concerning, to say the least, from a team standpoint.
Had Colangelo been a bit more careful in his denials, he might have been able to wiggle out of this and sympathetically claim that his wife got too wrapped up in defending him online. But the damage may now be unsalvageable. This has turned into a circus from which his reputation may never recover.