Jerry Colangelo did some media at the Team USA basketball minicamp in Las Vegas.
Monday, we linked to the story Tim Bontemps wrote for the Washington Post, with Colangelo explaining that his tenure with the 76ers is pretty much over. His contract with the team expires at the end of the year, so he will no longer serve in his position as special adviser, offering guidance and advice on hirings and personnel decisions. Some believe the elder Colangelo complicated the investigation into his son’s burner account involvement, which others dispute. Either way, he won’t be around much longer.
Jerry spoke a bit more about Bryan Colangelo’s resignation and his time with the Sixers during a Tuesday appearance on Sirius XM:
.@Hoophall member and current Philadelphia 76ers special adviser, Jerry Colangelo joined @TermineRadio and @Jumpshot8 discussing his contribution to the team's renaissance as well as the 'unfortunate' way his son, Bryan lost his job (as the team's President). #NBAToday pic.twitter.com/1m0ryIHHAE
— SiriusXM NBA Radio (@SiriusXMNBA) August 1, 2018
“They had a list of candidates. I was willing to interview any or all of them except one. That person was Bryan, (and) as you both know, he ended up getting the job. So this misinformation of, ‘I hired my son to be the GM,’ is 100% inaccurate. Ownership made that decision. And when they did, my role was diminished because it had to be. To rule out any of the so-called expert opinions about nepotism or anything like that, it was anything but the truth.
A lot of things get swept under the rug and there’s no explanation for that. My attitude has always been, ‘the less said, the better.’ People can determine whatever they wish to determine. I know in my heart of hearts what took place, how it took place, who is responsible for what, and I can leave with my head held high. It’s been a tough year for Bryan, under the circumstances, to lose a job for something – or nothing – that he did. That is unfortunate.”
Well, even if he wasn’t responsible for the accounts, and if his wife was 100% to blame, he’s still going to be labeled as guilty by association, whether that’s fair or not.
The Sixers said as much in their June statement when they wrote, “It has become clear Bryan’s relationship with our team and his ability to lead the 76ers moving forward has been compromised.” That sentiment was echoed by the independent team that did the investigation, who put this in their statement: “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.”
So yeah, the whole thing was unfortunate, but here are now, moving on.