Sixers’ Twitter scandal: How Bryan Colangelo’s wife Barbara Bottini is involved
Here's what we know about Bryan Colangelo's wife, Barbara Bottini, who has become a central figure in the Sixers' Twitter scandal.
Bryan Colangelo's resignation as the 76ers' president on Thursday came after a law firm hired by the team wrapped up its investigation into allegations from a sports and pop culture website, The Ringer, that Colangelo was connected to anonymous Twitter accounts that revealed sensitive team information and criticized players and coach Brett Brown.
Among the findings was that Colangelo's wife, Barbara Bottini, was involved. Here's what we know:
What did she do?
Bottini created or used four burner accounts linked to controversial tweets, and then cleared her iPhone of evidence by doing a factory reset before handing it over to forensic investigators, according to a statement released by the law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP.
The firm said the factory reset "limited and impeded" its investigation.
What has Bryan Colangelo said about his wife?
He said in his own statement that he never "purposefully or directly" shared any sensitive, non-public, club-related information with his wife.
"Her actions were a seriously misguided effort to publicly defend and support me," the statement said. "And while I recognize how inappropriate these actions were, she acted independently and without my knowledge or consent."
What else do we know about her?
She is from Italy, according to the Toronto Star, which spoke to Bryan Colangelo – who previously was the general manager of the Toronto Raptors — in 2007 about his style:
Toronto Life also briefly mentioned Bottini in a story from 2012: