Hawks Owner: "It Certainly Raises An Eyebrow"

Jesse Itzler weighed in on the social-media controversy surrounding Bryan Colangelo

The DA Show
May 30, 2018 - 11:52 am

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Atlanta Hawks co-owner Jesse Itzler dropped by CBS Sports Radio on Wednesday and, after exchanging pleasantries with host Damon Amendolara, was asked to weigh in on the controversy surrounding 76ers exec Bryan Colangelo.

“I don’t know all the nuances of it,” Itzler said on The DA Show. “I’ve gotten to know Bryan a little bit. I really like him. I love what the Sixers are doing. But I really haven’t been following it close enough to comment on it.”

So DA filled him in.

Colangelo, Philadelphia’s president of basketball operations, could be in social-media hot water, as he allegedly created burner accounts on Twitter to leak stories, push narratives, and anonymously bash players, including his own.

That’s quite the allegation.

If true, should Colangelo be fired?

“I would ask a lot of questions around it and really understand it in detail and get to the bottom of it before I made any kind of decision like that,” Itzler said. “But it certainly raises an eyebrow.”

DA wondered if the Hawks monitor employees’ social-media activity. You almost have to in this day and age, no?

“To be honest, I don’t know what our policy is around that,” Itzler said. “I know that our social media from the Hawks’ perspective, I love the voice and narrative of our social media and our brand. It’s quirky, it’s eclectic, it’s different than I think a lot of the other professional-sports franchises, just the tone that we take. But as far as monitoring, I really don’t know what our policy is to be honest with you.”

Itzler did say that the Hawks’ social-media accounts have provided “tremendous” value to the organization. 

“Our feed has a personality to it, it has an edge to it, it has a swagger to it – I think we kind of ripped up the playbook,” Itzler said. “When you do that, you’re guaranteed to get different results – and we’re reaping the benefit of those results."

Itzler, a New York Times bestselling author, also discussed his new book, "Living with the Monks: What Turning Off My Phone Taught Me about Happiness, Gratitude, and Focus," among other topics.