After initially refusing to comment, the 76ers waited hours before denying Monday night that Adam Aron has been fired as chief executive officer.
Then around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aron gave this response on Twitter: “Just minutes ago, I got off a plane from vacation in Africa and saw press reports. Ala Mark Twain, rumors of my demise is greatly exaggerated.
“I’m delighted to report that this is an immensely exciting time in my career, Moral of story: don’t go on a faraway vacation.”
Howard Eskin of Fox 29 first reported earlier in the day via Twitter that the Sixers had parted ways with Aron. A league source confirmed Eskin’s report to The Inquirer. CSNPhilly.com’s Dei Lynam also reported, per a source, that Aron lost his job. .
The Sixers had refused to comment on Aron’s status early Monday afternoon.
This news came three days after New York Daily News Knicks beat writer Frank Isola tweeted that former Madison Square Garden president Scott O'Neil was close to getting an executive position with the Sixers.
There were reports on May 14 that Aron’s responsibilities were changed. The Sixers denied it back then.
He is involved in the game-day experience - not the basketball operations.
I guess we will have to wait to see how Aron's status with the team play outs. Just know this, another Aron rumor will surely pop up.
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