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Special adviser Colangelo to leave club by this year's end

Jerry Colangelo declined to say if his departure was tied into his son's situation.

Reuters Last Updated at 31 Jul 2018, 02:07 IST United States

Philadelphia 76ers special adviser Jerry Colangelo will not continue with the club when his contract expires at the end of the year, according to multiple reports.

Colangelo's departure isn't surprising due to the fact his son, Bryan, resigned under pressure as president of basketball operations in June after an investigation determined his wife was using anonymous social media accounts to praise her husband and criticize others.

The investigation, conducted by the outside firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, concluded that Colangelo's wife, Barbara Bottini, was responsible for the existence of four anonymous Twitter accounts that had leaked information about the 76ers and been critical of the team's coach and some players.

The accounts also tweeted favourable opinions about Colangelo while denigrating Philadelphia's former general manager, Sam Hinkie.

Jerry Colangelo declined to say if his departure was tied into his son's situation.

"I haven't made any public comments about what transpired," Jerry Colangelo told the Washington Post. "I don't think it would be appropriate. It's a very difficult summer for him and his family."

Jerry Colangelo joined the 76ers in December 2015.

The 78-year-old said he will continue in his role as director of USA Basketball.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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