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June 07, 2018

Twitter reacts: Bryan Colangelo's ouster as Sixers general manager

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House Colangelo has fallen.

In what seemed like an eternity after The Ringer story broke, the Sixers have finally parted ways with general manager Bryan Colangelo.

That story, published May 30, revealed multiple so-called "burner" Twitter accounts seemingly connected to Colangelo, as the accounts defended the general manager's actions, criticized star players and head coach Brett Brown, released team-sensitive information, and — most damning — some privileged 

After the team announced they were launching an investigation into the matter, Sixers Twitter has spend the last week plus pulling their hair out. Days went by with no official word from the team, and many were asking: "What's taking so long?"

Thursday's news was especially sweet for Sixers Twitter, particularly because the law firm hired to investigate the matter said Colangelo's wife, Barbara Bottini, admitted to running the accounts (and tried to reset her iPhone before handing over for inspection). 

It was the account @legsanity's detective work that seemed to initially reveal the possibility that Bottini was the one behind the accounts. So, some celebration was in order.

The main theme after Thursday's news, however, was a combination of relief and jubilation that the team got rid of a GM no one — from fans to players to free agents — could trust anymore. There were also many who took the opportunity to diss Bryan's dad, Jerry Colangelo, since PhillyVoice's Kyle Neubeck reported that Jerry tried to save his son's job by threatening to damage team relationships if he was fired.

And of course, there were jokes about former GM Sam Hinkie, Colangelo's relationship with his wife, his collar, how Sixers Twitter solved the case before a high-profile law firm did, and more.