Woj reports that the Sixers ownership group, including Scott O’Neil, met in New York (naturally) last night to decide the fate of Bryan Colangelo and, presumably, his expensive but normal collars. A decision may come today.
This particular part sticks in my crawlspace:
The Sixers retained the law firm of Paul/Weiss to investigate several secret Twitter accounts that have been tied to Colangelo and his wife, Barbara. Investigators interviewed Colangelo, 53, and his wife separately for several hours Sunday and Monday, league sources said.
Colangelo has professed no knowledge of his wife’s alleged year-plus of unleashing privileged information and attacks on Sixers players, coaches and former and rival executives, sources said. The Sixers ownership is struggling to separate Colangelo from his wife, if she indeed posted those remarks.
To me, keeping Colangalo around would present an untenable situation for the Sixers. Obviously they are suspicious of his claims, so at best they’d be fostering an environment of awkwardness around the facility.
Both sides handled this poorly. Colangelo’s initial denial left no room for explanation later. If he truly didn’t know, one would’ve expected more forceful public rebuttals rather than the terse, tepid and quasi-conspiratorial ones we got in select print. Regardless of the strength of his claim, he boxed himself into a corner which isn’t big enough for him and his wife. And the public denials seem to match the private ones, meaning that the team can’t even work with him to craft an explanation.
On their part, the Sixers have gone radio silent for A WEEK. They’ve done nothing to assuage public concerns that, from on high, they have adequate control of their basketball operations. There’s a through line from the Hinkie situation to weird missteps in injuries and transactions to this whole ordeal– they seem to always do the wrong thing. Sometimes there are situations where you can’t win in the court of public opinion, but you know you can probably do better when PR agencies take out billboards on your behalf:
— NBC10 Philadelphia (@NBCPhiladelphia) June 5, 2018
This almost has to end in a firing. We’ve been presented with no evidence, other than this Scott O’Neil liked Tweet…
“For me, bearing another’s burden is a simple but powerful definition of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. When we seek to lift the burden of another, we are ‘saviours…on Mount Zion’.” -Jeffrey R. Holland
— LDS Quotes (@LDSquotable) June 6, 2018
… that there remains a workable framework for Colangelo stay on and guide this organization through its most important offseason. Does it happen today?