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Toronto Raptors president of basketball operations Masai Ujiri is standing by Bryan Colangelo after his resignation as president of the Philadelphia 76ers.
Per The Athletic’s Michael Scotto, Ujiri had this response regarding the situation involving Colangelo’s departure from the Sixers:
“To me, my thoughts are with Bryan and his family, honestly. There’s nothing said about me there, there was not one inch of it that made me think otherwise. He’s a good friend of mine. I totally understand the situation, and I sympathize with Bryan. In my humble opinion, it was tough for me to see him lose his job. It was a mistake, and I’ve spoken to Bryan.
“We continue to speak continuously, and he’s one of the better persons in this job, and my dream and my hope is a good person like that gets back in the game somewhere, somehow. Bryan Colangelo has 100 percent of my support, and it’s emotional for me because he’s one of my mentors, he gave me a chance, and hopefully, he can be forgiven. Even though I don’t know, I’m not sure of details, but I hope he’s forgiven. We can all make mistakes.”
A review from an independent law firm found that Colangelo’s wife created and operated secret Twitter accounts that were used to disclose sensitive information related to 76ers players and coaches and criticize members of opposing teams.
Gator Country’s Eric Fawcett took a screenshot of one secret Twitter account referring to Ujiri as a “trust-fund baby” and using former Raptors head coach Dwane Casey as a fall guy for Toronto’s playoff failures:
Eric Fawcett @Efawcett7
Bryan Colangelo calling Masai Ujiri a “trust fund baby” is pretty hilarious considering Colangelo’s first NBA job was getting hired by his general manager father with the Suns and Ujiri’s first NBA “job” was an unpaid scout following his role as a high school coach in Nigeria. https://t.co/Ywfs2TjCkt
Prior to joining the 76ers, Colangelo worked with the Raptors as general manager from 2006-13.
Ujiri was hired by Colangelo as Toronto’s director of global scouting in 2008. He had a three-year stint with the Denver Nuggets’ front office before returning to the Raptors in the role of general manager in May 2013.