Updated: June 25, 12:35 a.m.
A source told CSNPhilly.com's Dei Lynam on Monday afternoon that Adam Aron has been removed as the Sixers' CEO, but the team denies that a move has been made.
An official team spokesman for the Sixers told CSNPhilly.com's John Gonzalez Monday night that Aron has not been fired and remains CEO.
Early on Tuesday morning, Aron tweeted:
Just minutes ago, I got off a plane from vacation in Africa and saw press reports. A la Mark Twain, rumors of my demise greatly exaggerated— Adam Aron (@SixersCEOAdam) June 25, 2013
And a minute later:
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!— Adam Aron (@SixersCEOAdam) June 25, 2013
Via Twitter, Howard Eskin of Fox 29 first reported the news about Aron being out as CEO.
Aron, often outspoken on Twitter and criticized heavily by fans during the team's tumultuous 2012-13 season, is also a part-owner of the Sixers. It's unknown if that will change.
Aron, a Philadelphia native and graduate of Harvard, was named the Sixers' CEO in September of 2011.
The 57-year-old wasn't involved with basketball operations, but engaged frequently with fans online and during games at the Wells Fargo Center. As a result, he became the de-facto face of the Sixers' ownership group. Owner Joshua Harris has largely stayed behind the scenes, whereas Aron was well known for interacting with fans on a daily basis.
Interestingly, the news of Aron's ouster comes just days after a New York Daily News report stating that Scott O'Neil, the former president of Madison Square Garden, was close to landing an executive job with the Sixers.
Last month, the Sixers denied reports that Aron's responsibilities had been changed.