The Deflategate lawyers are back.
The 76ers have hired the law firm of Paul/Weiss to investigate the alleged burner Twitter accounts of president of basketball operations and general manager Bryan Colangelo, according to ESPN.
It is the same New York City firm that produced the 2015 Wells Report, which stemmed from an investigation into whether the Patriots deflated footballs in the AFC Championship. This time, they are reportedly involving cyber intelligence consultants and having Colangelo hand over his own phone and electronic devices for inspection.
Colangelo has been on the hot seat since last week, when The Ringer broke the story in which accounts that appeared to be linked to Colangelo leaked sensitive medical information and trashed the 76ers’ own players, among others. The 76ers quickly announced an independent investigation, which has since begun to focus on Colangelo’s wife, ESPN reported.
The 76ers’ ownership group is “angry” and “embarrassed,” the report said, and has been talking about potentially firing Colangelo as soon as this week.
In their infamous Wells’ Report, Paul/Weiss stated that it was “more probable than not” that the Patriots knowingly broke the rules, a determination that ultimately to Tom Brady’s four-game suspension in the Deflategate fallout.